Monthly Archives: April 2006

Ruminating…

The good thing about being a medical transcriptionist for so long is that you can work and still let your mind out to play for a bit, if the reports are the usual run of the mill stuff.  The bad part of doing medical transcription is you find out way too much about things to worry about.  Tonight I did a report on a guy who was 82 years old with Alzheimer’s.  I hate the fact that this guy is only 7 years older than my own dad.  My dad doesn’t have Alzherimer’s – that we know of – LOL, but still… I remember when my dad could do anything!  He was my hero and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do.  Obviously that has changed a bit.  But he still helped build the deck on his house last summer and it looks mahvelous dahling!  Seriously though, I dread the day, and I’m sure it will come, when my dear papa is the infirm elderly old man I type about.  I can’t imagine.  I don’t want to imagine.  It can happen to other old men, but not my dad. 

Miss and I went out today and took care of some business.  Well, we tried to take care of business, but didn’t get much done.  Maybe on Monday. 

Charlie Brown (my foster dog) is back on oral steroids and it seems to be helping his ears a big.  I got a HUGE scab off his left ear yesterday.  I know that sounds gross, but he has vasculitis really bad and his ears get ulcerated, swollen, and very hot.  The steroids seem to help a lot, but unfortunately not enough.  I’m happy to just get rid of the scabs and the swelling.  He doesn’t seem to be shaking his head as much today, maybe that ugly thing was bothering him. 

I want to try to get up to the hospital to visit Joanne tomorrow.  I wanted to go today, but by the time Miss and I got home it was after 5 and Steve wanted to go to the church bookstore.  They decided to quit renting the Cleanflick videos so they were selling all the DVDs they have left for 5 bucks apiece.  We got the Garfield movie (that Odie is a dachshund mix!) and something else that Steve thought he’d like.  He said he’s already seen it, but for the life of me I can’t remember the name right now.  I got 2 books, so I’m happy – although I think Meg took off with one of them tonight.  I hope I get it back! 

Well, I worked for 6 hours tonight to get 689 lines.  There were no jobs for about 2 hours, so I just played Mah Jong and waited.  Boring, but at least I got the lines in. 

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Happy Birthday Grandma Karen

I wish I could go to the cemetery and lay flowers on your grave.  I miss you.

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And the good news…

I had my annual appointment today with Dr. K.  So far he says I’ve done everything I should have done for somebody my age.  Colonoscopy? Check.  Cholesterol?  Check.  Mammogram?  Check.  Annual exam?  Check.  Good, that’s out of the way for another year.  I have to have one more exam next year and then I can go to every other year since my hysterectomy was almost 5 years ago.  Where does the time go? 

Steve had his colonoscopy and EGD last week because he’d been having so much trouble with heartburn and I was a little worried.  He got a clean bill of health also – just a little inflammation where the esophagus goes into the stomach, so he’s taking Nexium or something and he’s fine.  Whew.  Why is it when you get to be nearly 50 every good report from a doctor makes you feel like you’ve dodged a bullet? 

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Sadness

I talked to Amber tonight for quite a bit.  She’s my niece who got married last April.  Her mother-in-law is dying of cancer and she’s upset.  I’ve only met Joann a couple of times, at Amber’s shower, the wedding, and the day after when Amber and Jason opened their gifts, but I really like her.  She’s a typical Italian lady, loves good food and having a good time.  She’s only in her early 60s.  I think this will be especially hard for Jason.  Joann and Joe had a couple kids early on and then a couple kids later, and Jason is part of the “second family” – his brothers and sister are all quite a bit older than he is and his dad passed away several years ago from scleroderma, so now at the tender age of 25(?) he’s about to lose his mother.  How sad for him.  She had surgery today, they were going to remove part of her colon because she’s been having such bad abdominal pain, but they couldn’t do anything since the entire abdominal cavity is filled with small tumors.  A couple weeks ago they gave her 3 months, but now they’re thinking only weeks.  Jason and Amber are really sad about the fact that they have no kids and their kids will never know their grandma and grandpa – but especially grandma since she seemed so healthy!  She was looking great at their wedding last April – just smiling and happy, I really enjoyed talking with her.  She’s gone from 145 pounds to 98 because she hasn’t been able to eat because of the abdominal pain – they’ve been giving her supplemental nutrition in the hospital and she’s up over 100, but still she probably won’t keep that on if she goes home.  The older kids don’t want to tell her how little time she has left because they feel she’ll give up. I tell you what, if it was me, I’d want to know.  Let me grieve for the grandchildren I’ll never see and the graduations and weddings I won’t attend, but then let me live what time I have left the way I want to live it.  That’s how I feel anyway.  I can’t speak for her.  Amber says she’s a pessimist and she’ll just give up.  The older kids want to try everything to try and stop the cancer.  At this point I think they’re in denial more than Joann is.  When you’re terminal there isn’t much more you can do.  It kind of reminds me of Phyllis.  The night before she died she wanted to go to California and try some experimental therapy by some quack she had read about.  (You have to know Phyllis – this guy was definitely a quack – but you couldn’t convince her!  When Steve checked up on him this Dr. Whateverhisnamewas, Steve found out he wasn’t even and MD, but a veterinarian!  Oh god…)  Anyway.  I’m sad now, hearing the news.  It isn’t fair that this has to happen.  But, I guess that’s one thing I’ve learned in almost 49 years.  Life isn’t fair. 

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The Best Party Ever!

The 25th anniversary party for mom and Bob went great!  I was so happy.  I could hardly sleep Friday night, I kept having nightmares about all the things that could go wrong, but luckily nothing did.  Well, we ran out of nuts rather early, but that's it. 

The cake Chantal baked was absolutely gorgeous, and tastes wonderful!  It was a white cake with raspberry filling.  Everyone was loving it. We had punch and coffee, with some soda on the side – we had plenty.  Tom came up too, since he doesn't eat cake, we brought a can of Spam for him.  If I can find the picture you'll see how appropriate this was.  Matt managed to make it, but Meg was in Seattle.  I think just about everyone else came.  I think I mentioned before that Lois, Tim, and Jeanny were coming down from Wausa – I think that surprised mom more than anything!  She cried.  THAT is a sign of a great surprise party!

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Busy bee

Wow!  I have been so busy lately!  I actually have had a little energy, but I’m using it up quickly! Last Friday night we had all of Bob’s kids and grandkids, all of Mom’s (meaning Carole!) kids and grandkids, minus Matt and Kayla, AJ, Emily, Tony, Sarah, Missy,  Garry, Dad and Pam over for Bob and Meg’s birthday.  That was only about 35 people!  It was great fun.  Chantal made the cakes and they were beautiful!  She especially did a great job with Meghan’s cake, she made a Cinderella cake in the shape of a heart.  It was a white cake with strawberry filling, yum, yum!  Mom and Bob came over the day before and helped me whip the house in shape – it truly needed it, but we had so much fun that night.  I got some chicken from Baker’s and potato salad, Susie brought some baked beans, Lori brought her taco salad, Amy and Missy brought ice cream, so we had more than enough food for everyone.  It was just great!  I finally finished the DVD for the anniversary party this week.  That had me frazzled to no end.  Our DVD writer was so old and slow, the show lasts for 57 minutes, it took 4 hours to render and burn the disk – then when there was 10 seconds left to close the disk, the computer shut itself off!  Augh!  Steve finally got a disk burned on Saturday and it worked great!  I was so jazzed.  Sunday he tried to make copies just by copying the disk, it wouldn’t work.  Monday I tried again and the DVD writer was dead in the water!  Great timing, I really NEEDED that writer.  I figured it was up to me to get another one and I’d be without for awhile.  But when I mentioned to Steve that also meant he couldn’t make CDs, welllllll…. Monday night he went to Best Buy and got a new DVD burner and a new CD drive for the computer since our other one was dying a slow death.  Imagine that!  I was so thrilled!  And they can copy a disk in record time!  So, I got copies made for all of the kids of the anniversary disk and I manged to put together a tribute program for David.  It was a year ago last week that he died, so Mom things Doris will be able to handle a show about him.  I think I did a good job.  It’s pretty good, even if I do say so myself!  I’m sure Doris will like it.   We had dinner at Meyers’ house tonight.  It was great.  Pat had fresh green beans – I never would have known it, they were so good.  She mixed balsamic vinegar and some chopped green onion to put on the beans, she says it’s a southern thing.  Maybe it is, but it was great.  I really liked it.  She had made scalloped potatoes and ham with the leftover Easter ham and had a great fruit salad. She’s a wonderful cook.  I actually met her because Alan works with Steve and when I broke my leg and ankle a few years back she made a HUGE lasagne that fed my family for almost a week, salad with homemade dressing, garlic bread, and an orange chiffon pie.  She was a godsend, truly.  Sue came over last night and watched the videos and I was going to have her help me make more mints, but I only had 1 mold of the roses, so I did them myself.  She can’t give us any money for the party because she doesn’t have any right now.  Well.  Hm.  Neither do we, but so far we’re the only one who’s spent any!  Lori and Brett bought a new camper so they don’t have any, Susie said she will give us some, and Sue said they just don’t have it.  Great.  Why is it Steve and I are the ones that always end up paying?  Hm?  I wouldn’t mind so much if somebody else would DO something, but Amy made the centerpieces and I’ve done just about everything else.  Sue did buy some paper plates, napkins, and cups – 24 of each.  We have about 60 people coming.  Sigh.  I went to Nobbies today and spent another $72 that I could ill afford to spend, but I have enough napkins, paper plates, EATING UTENSILS, and more decorations.  I bought tablecloths at the Dollar Store and I think we’re about set now.  I’ll be glad when this is over.  It’s been fun, but I really can’t wait to see Mom’s face when she sees everybody.  She’ll flip!  Meg is going to Seattle tomorrow for something to do with school.  I know she thinks I don’t listen to her, but I really do.  Sometimes she just talks so fast that not everything sticks to my Teflon brain!  LOL!  She won’t be here for Saturday, unfortunately, but this came up after she won a scholarship to go.  I hope she has fun.  I love Seattle, even though I haven’t been there is nearly 30 years! 

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I’m Baaaaaack

I decided to try a new blog.  I had been with Blogger for 3 years, it was time for a change.  

 I thought we were going to have some really bad weather tonight, I was pretty excited about it actually, but it didn’t get too bad.  I took Missy to the hospital for a shot, she had a bad headache with the low pressure system moving in, so we were at the hospital for a couple hours.  We had some impressive lightning, but no real big storm. I heard there were tornados south of Lincoln, but we missed out.  I’m kind of glad because I wanted to go with Steve if they called the spotters out, but they didn’t get called out until after 8 and he still isn’t feeling the best because of his cold, so he didn’t go.  At least I didn’t miss anything exciting.

Anderson Cooper had an interesting topic on his 360 show tonight, polygamy.  HBO has a series on now that’s about a polygamist family (fictional, of course), so there’s some revived interest about it.  I’ve been kind of doing some reading about it myself lately.  I’ve got to say, those fundamentalist “Mormons” are a little scary.  I’m not fundamentalist bashing, I guess they have the right to worship as they please, but I don’t think they have the right to flaunt the law in the name of religion.  It seems that in a lot of “families” that child abuse is a real problem also.  I wonder if they ever stop to think that the reason they have such a hard time living the principle is because they’re wrong?  Of course, they probably look at normal run-of-the mill LDS families and think any struggles we have is because we’re wrong, so it’s a toss up, I guess.  I saw a show a couple weeks ago on A&E about polygamy, if those men are any indication of what the men in these families look like, count me out!  LOL!  I’m joking and I probably shouldn’t be making fun of them, but they were just scary to me.  I don’t know if I could ever live this principle.  I really am the jealous type, but at least I’m the first wife – at least in this relationship!  It just doesn’t seem right to me, all the hiding and lying and subterfuge that’s required to live that way, I can’t see anything that would make it worth the trouble it has to be.  I know that some time, maybe even in my lifetime we may have to live the United Order, and that alone would be hard enough to do.  I even understand why polygamy was a part of the church doctrine to begin with, but that doesn’t mean I could do it.  Just the logistics of the whole situation would be my undoing, not just the “whose night is it with the husbnd,” but the meals, the kids, the schooling, the life in general – how do they live like that?  I find it fascinating in a sick kind of way, like seeing a car accident, you don’t want to turn away, you just want to keep looking.  That’s how I feel about the whole subject, I want to keep finding out about it, but at the same time, I find it faintly repulsive.

Now, let’s get get REAL!  As in the REAL church… Chantal will be gone this Sunday, so I have to either find a teacher for the CTRs or do the class and do sharing time.  I think I’ll just do both, it’s too much trouble trying to find a teacher.  I really miss her when she’s gone, of course the fact that her kids are about 1/4 of the primary makes a difference too!  I got an e-mail from the Stake Primary President today, we’re going to be making a float for the Florence Days parade, I think that will be a blast!  The primary kids will be handing out pass along cards – the theme will be genealogy – family tree sort of stuff.  This should be fun! 

Okay, I think that’s it for now.  Nighty night 

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