Friday, November 18, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Over the summer, at a follow-up with my nephrologist (read: kidney doc) I mentioned that I had a tiny bit of pain in my back. I chalked it up to being in the car to and from Philly three weekends in a row. "Perhaps," said the doctor, "But let's get an ultrasound just to be sure."
First, one ultrasound. Then another, a week later, to confirm a "hydro" or whatever they said. Something like a back-up of fluid into my right kidney. Then, a catscan! I know this dance....and I suspect it's not going to lead to good things.
I was right.
Catscan confirmed that I had one kidney stone in the tube between the kidney and the bladder on the right side. It was lodged in there tight and appeared to be one centimeter in size. Say it with me: "Holy Crap!!" It was determined that I would need to repeat the surgery that I had two years ago. Boooooo.....hissssssss. Surgery was booked for September, with a follow-up surgery scheduled for October. Apparently, the surgeon (who is wonderful and I can'y say enough good things about) is very busy taking care of stones in the Central Mass Area. Surgery got moved around a bit, and finally on October 19th, I went in.
There were two stones. They got 'em. No second surgery needed! Now, I did not take off enough time last time to recover, so I took a week this time. It ended up not being enough, I came home sick on my second day of work and took another weekend to recover. Anesthesia is hard, man. So is having a stent in your kidney that's constantly rubbing and you have to keep it for two weeks. At my follow-up to have it removed I was just like "Get it out, I don't care how."
So. Today is the first day that I have any energy. I've been tired at the end of the day but that's to be expected. I have to keep reminding myself not to wear myself out, not that that's easy!
People also tell me that I look a lot better than before I went in. Apparently I was really pale and tired-looking. I didn't really believe that, till I saw photographic evidence.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Friday, October 28, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Whatever you've guessed, it's wrong.
It's mice. In my opinion, anyway.
Last winter when they were looking for someplace to get out of the cold, mice invaded our shed outside. They destroyed anything paper or cloth-like, made nests in fertilizer, and poohed all over every surface. It took Hubby the better part of a three-day weekend to clean out the shed, and then later on get a dumpster service to get rid of all the spoils of war.
And now, over the weekend--A family of mice (or one member of the family being a real jerk) has destroyed my central air conditioning. They snoodled right into the unit outside at the first mention of cooler weather, and not for the first time. Last time it was just some wires. This time it's the whole kit and caboodle. The compressor's toast, and the air handler in the attic too. Should I feel bad that they perished in the resulting POOF? No, no I do not. Does this make me heartless? I don't think so.
The resulting cost is similar to that of a small car, and our home insurance does not cover acts of "rodent damage." I could seriously cry.
I know that it's going to be OK. We have options, and the silver lining is that today is the first day of fall. Not exactly air-conditioning weather, and this didn't happen in July. It didn't destroy our heating system as well. For these reasons alone I'm thankful.
But still. Mice eating, and then blowing up my air conditioning. Ugh, it's always something.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Um. I'm pretty sure that I live at Target now.
Don't get me wrong, Target is full of cool stuff and makes for a great hideout. Perfect "Parent vacation" and hey, some of them even have Starbucks now! I've lost many hours at a time strolling the aisles, debating picture frames vs. artwork, shopping for birthday gifts, choosing bathroom rugs or debating thread counts. And I'm almost positive that it's usually a guaranteed $50 trip.
I think I've been there five times in the last two weeks. And every time I've gone, I've missed one item and had to go again another day. I think that there should be a rewards program. If you go ten times in a month, the next trip's free. Who's with me???