Sunday, October 26, 2008

Half Crappy Sunday!

When I got up this morning, there were no signs of a headache anymore, but my stomach still didn't feel all that right. I had breakfast and got ready for church. My mom picked me up, and I found a place to sit while she parked. Church has been soooo packed since we merged with another parish. It's unreal how many people show up now! However, it's cold season. Not literally just cold, but people are sick all around me. I felt paranoid during mass. I only shook hands during peace with my mom and one other person. I keep forgetting to bring antibacterial sanitizer to use after peace!!! But not only that, people are hacking all around me and sneezing. Not everyone covers their noses or mouths, either. I feel like taking the fall/winter off from going to church. I never used to be this paranoid about it, but after having to stop going to church from December to almost April last year because I was recovering from pneumonia, the idea doesn't sound too far fetched!!

My mom dropped me off after church, and I played around online and chatted with Mason for awhile. I had a cup of tea, thinking maybe that would help my stomach. It didn't do too much. So I tried a spoonful of honey. Someone on the PH boards posted just a few days ago that it helps soothe upset stomachs, so I thought, couldn't hurt to try! And after awhile, I actually did feel a little better! I eventually tried to eat a little bit of a sandwich, and my stomach wasn't rebelling! Yay!!

My mom, Joan, Mandy, and Dee went to the movies this afternoon. We saw "The Secret Life of Bees." I thought it was a good movie, a tad bit dragged out near the end, but overall, it seemed to follow the book pretty closely. I read it over a year ago and really liked it! It was a nice time, and I'm glad we got to go. Of course, since I gave my mom a movie ticket (I had 2 free ones from my nice new neighbor who gave them to me for no reason!), she bought a huge thing of popcorn, and we all shared!! Mmmmmm!

I got home, and not even 10 minutes later, it started pouring! And hailing! And thundering! And the winds were even more brutal than they were before!! It was so weird! I guess we got home at the right time, thank goodness!!! No wonder my sinuses are insane, the weather is crazy!

I spent a good amount of the evening on the laptop, and I admit it was mostly shopping on ebay! Well, that and talking to Mason again! lol I got an email from a seller on ebay who I have bought many lovely beads from, and he was having free shipping on Buy It Now items for today only. OOOOOOOOOOOO!!! So I spent $22 on pretty beads, and a few other items!! And then, after I worked on part of another necklace for a bit, I was shopping for a couple more necklace displays that I definitely need for a jewelry party while in PH chat! And I bought 2 displays! So, I've got goodies coming in the mail this week! hehe!

Well, my tummy is feeling better than it was most of the weekend, thank goodness. So I am hoping this week I can do a bit more than I could the past two days!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Crappy Saturday

I have felt like crap all day long. It actually started last night. When I got home last night from dinner with my parents and Joanie, I took a bath, got my pjs on, put the oxygen on, and settled on the couch for a few hours watching tv and chatting with phriends. I started getting a bad headache, and by the time I went to bed, I felt awful. I didn't take anything, mainly because I knew the Excedrin would keep me awake. So I went to add water to the bubbler on my oxygen machine, and realized I didn't turn it on!! What a DUH moment!!! I figured that was why I had the headache, and thought that I would probably feel better when I got up in the morning.

Wrong!!

I woke up at 4am because something fell upstairs, and I realized I still had a slight headache. It wasn't enough to get me to go take something for it, and I really regret that decision. When I got up again at 7am to take Revatio, I finally made myself take a Tylenol, since I also had some leg pain. That did help a bit, and I fell back asleep until almost 10am. But, I have still felt like crap all day. I now think that the o2 was part of it, but also the weather. It was rainy on and off all day, and not as cold. I think the barometric pressures dropped or something! My friend, Dee, also told me her sinuses were bugging her from the weather, too. I spent the day trying to get enough fluids, talking to friends, and making a necklace set. I did take a nap in the late afternoon, and felt really hungry when I got up, but still, after eating, I felt queasy like I had all day. And it's now just before midnight, and I still feel BLAH!!! I am going to bed in a few minutes, but I sure hope I feel better tomorrow!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Irritated

My mom told me earlier today that she and my dad are probably going to go down to Lisa's for Thanksgiving next month. It took me a little by surprise. I think it's nice they want to go. My dad is probably agreeing to go now since the weather will hopefully not be so bad yet. After my mom told me they were probably going, I was waiting for her to ask if I'd like to go. But all she said was that maybe, if I'm willing, I could work for her for the 2 days she will be gone. She spends about 4 hours 3 days a week with an elderly lady during the week, and she basically doesn't do anything much with her. Well anyway, it was just assumed that I wouldn't go down there, too. And honestly, I am not even sure about going. It is so hard this time of year to make plans even a week ahead. Right now I feel like I'm battling a cold that hasn't quite decided to come out yet, and who knows how the heck I'd feel by the end of November. The traveling is also something I am just not sure about. It's a 14 hour trip by car. It was a very loooooong day when we drove down a few years ago for Lisa's wedding. I didn't do well with it. My dad wants to make the trip in one day, and it's just hard. And then there is the oxygen issue, which I know isn't too hard to deal with. I can set up oxygen down there, which I did before. I just hate that it's so hard for me to plan trips with PH. And part of me does kinda want to go, because when Lisa has the baby in February, that could be even worse travel weather, and more stressful to deal with getting down there. UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH!!!! I'm just really irritated and frustrated at it all. I don't often complain too much about PH, but this is just one time that I truly wish I didn't have to deal with it!!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Some Updating!

I don't even know where to begin. I know I haven't posted much new in a bit. I guess I'll start with my support group meeting that I had this past Saturday. It went well, despite the fact that we had to make a last minute topic change! I had 2 speakers, an RN from my local PH doctor's office, and a pharmacist from Accredo. The topic was supposed to be about PH meds, and possible interactions from other meds we might take for other things. The pharmacist had a family emergency, so he wasn't able to come. The RN still spoke, but she did a slide presentation on PH, causes, diagnosis, treatments, etc. It was a good presentation, but it was quick! She spent 1o minutes going through the slides, and then asked if anyone had questions, but no one did. I looked at my watch and realized we had at least an hour to go! So, when she was done, I just got up again and thanked her, and decided to have everyone introduce themselves, tell when they were diagnosed, and what treatments they might be on. I'm glad I did that! We spent the next hour talking back and forth, and getting to know each other's situations. It was a good meeting after all!

I did speak with the Accredo community advocate who usually comes to my group when she arrived. She told me that Accredo just started a new seminar on PH meds and taking other meds, and that we can do that in the spring. So we set up my spring meeting already! I just have to call to book the Auditorium at the hospital, and I'm good to go! lol

I went out on Saturday night with Eve. She picked me up, and drove all the way back to basically where she lives (half an hourish) to try going to the Cheesecake Factory. She dropped me off to park, and I went inside to see how long the wait was. Over an hour and a half! So I left, called her, and she said to go to the brand new steakhouse across the street. I got inside, and kept hearing the lady at the desk say they were booked with reservations until 10pm that night. Grrr! So I waited til I saw Eve coming, then left to tell her we needed to try another place. We went back across the street to an Italian restaurant, and were told it was about a 2 hour wait. Dang!!! Once again we went BACK across the street to try this place called Bar Louie's. The girl in the front told us an hour, so we just went to sit at the bar. We both got a drink (she got a Mojito, and I got a Smore's martini), and just chatted for awhile. It seemed like we hadn't talked in forever!! Then we got appetizers, and finally decided to get a dinner. It was nice that we just ate at the bar, and didn't have to worry about a table! We stayed there and stuffed ourselves for a few hours, and then took off. I thought we were on our way back home, when she said she wanted chocolate, and made a turn to go to this place she knew that made homemade chocolate and ice cream. I had a small butterscotch sundae, but oh my goodness, I was so full from the other restaurant that I hardly ate half of it! So we left there, and Eve drove me back home. It was a nice evening with her! I only wish Erin could have been there, too, but Eve had called her, and I think she was at the cottage trying to close it up. I guess we'll just have to get together again soon!

Sunday was rest day. I was too tired and my stomach hurt from all the crap I had eaten the night before. lol I didn't make it to church, but I did get a lot of rest. Nothing exciting there!!

Diane, my new neighbor upstairs, decided after I asked her again about the computer and the Dish that she would love to share! She said she hadn't wanted to be a pain. Please!! As if saving money is a pain!! So she's all set up, and I'm much happier! Of course, the money I'm saving is going right on my credit card. Booooooooooooooooooooo!!!! lol

Well that's as much as I can remember I needed to talk about. Or wanted to talk about. Time for lunch, and a nap! I cleaned the litter box, and while I am glad I got it done, it tuckered me out!! If only Mittens would learn to use the toilet like Mr. Jinxy!!!! LOL!

Just Posting Some Really Friggin' Good News Before Bed!!

My phriend, Mason, who has been in the hospital for about a week and a half.....IS HOME!!!!! He signed on maybe an hour ago, and when I saw his name, my heart started beating fast!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!! I am so beyond happy!!!! And now I can go to bed!! At least I hope I'll be able to fall asleep!! LOL!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Yearbook Pictures!!

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To see what you might look like (or maybe you already did!), go to www.yearbookyourself.com!

Friday, October 17, 2008

New Bag!

Last weekend after my flu shot, I went shopping! I finished buying Christmas gifts for the kids (yes, that wasn't a typo!), and then I went to Target to look for something to use my gift card with from Mandy. I wanted a new bag, so I looked, and found one I loved! I got funny looks from a few people because I had the new bag on the floor, trying to put my oxygen tank in it to see if it fit. It did! It's got so many pockets and such, I don't know what to do with them all!! And, it also has a laptop sleeve in it, so if I decide to bring my laptop anywhere, I can just fit it in the sleeve, and I'm good to go. Now I don't have to buy one of those, either!! So, thanks Mandy! I love my new bag!



Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New Housemate!

My new housemate, Diane, and her doggy, Frasier, have moved in. They started last Tuesday, moved more stuff in on Thursday, and then finished moving everything else in on Friday. She's been staying here since. She is a nice lady. I've known her for many years, even though it's been a few years since I've seen her. She is a complete animal lover, which will help if I have to go anywhere and I need someone to check in on Mittens. So far I've had no problems with her (I know, it's not even been a week since she's been here lol), but I was sad when she said she didn't want to split the cable modem or Dish bill. Darn it all! I was hoping to save $40 a month to put on my credit card, which drastically needs to disappear. I mentioned it twice, but there's not much I can do if she isn't interested. At least we get to split the water bill! That's a little bit of savings!

Diane left on Saturday afternoon around 2:30pm for a wedding reception. She got back a little after 7pm. Frasier barked the entire time. Poor puppy!!! Diane didn't ask me if he barked until the next morning when I got home from church, and when I said he had barked the whole time she was gone, I thought she was going to start crying. She got so upset about it. I told her that Frasier is in a brand new place and has to get used to it, and that it was ok, but she insisted that it wasn't. Honestly, I dealt with barking before when Mandy and Ron got their puppy years ago when they were living up there. Cleo barked and cried for hours on end, but she did eventually get used to being alone when they were gone. Sooooo, I can only hope the same for Frasier!! Actually, Diane's been gone since 10:30ish this morning, and I could hear Frasier chewing on a bone. I left 15 minutes later to go to rehab, and when I got back I could hear him barking before I even got in the house. But it's been a couple hours, and Frasier isn't barking incessantly anymore. He takes at least 20 minute breaks now. lol So, I think he's slowly getting used to it. At least I can tell that to Diane if she asks!

Well, I think I'll go lay down for a bit before the barking starts up again!! I want to go check my mail, but I think I'll set Frasier off if I do that!! lol

Monday, October 13, 2008

A Journal Jar!!

I'm taking on a new blog experience! Well, it's one I haven't done in years, but I wanted to start up again. Please read for more info here! http://colleensjournaljar.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Scenery On The Way To Grandma's

My Grandma lives in a small town called Horseheads, NY. When I tell most people where she is from, well at least people who already live in NY, I say Elmira area immediately after I say Horseheads, since it's such a little place and people look at me like I'm crazy when I say it. lol The drive is around 3 hours, and the closer you get to Horseheads, the more beautiful the landscape is. If we had gone down even two weeks from now, all the hills would have been gorgeous colors of golds, oranges, reds and browns, instead of mostly green. I could see that colors were starting to change already, but not enough yet! I decided to take pictures of some of the hills, since I always admire them while driving, and since I was bored!!

The clouds were really cool on the trip down there Friday!
More clouds, yes, I was clicking away with my camera. lol
Hilly scenery, looks like farm land!
More scenery!
Green hills!! Two weeks from now it would be all sorts of colors!!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Exhaustion!!

Ok, I know I've been home since Sunday afternoon, but I've just been too tired to post any thoughts. My weekend was nice, but exhausting. I just didn't get great sleep, and I had already been really tired the few days before we left. The weather change here isn't helping much, I usually get really tired when the seasons change. It drives me nuts!! But the lack of sleep didn't help either, and I'm still dragging. I slept in until almost 10:30 this morning, and now it's after 12 and I still feel like I never slept. Grrrr!!

Anyway, we left Friday morning-ish, and had a pretty good trip. Shelby got to come, which I totally forgot about since there wasn't anyone to really take care of her while we were gone. She was good, though! My parents gave her a tranquilizer before leaving, but it never really worked. However, the most she whined on the entire trip down there was when my parents drove down the street to pick me up. LOL We stopped a couple times on the drive, to stretch our legs as well as Shelby's. We got to my Grandma's house around 3ish, maybe, and hung out for awhile until Joan, Mandy, and my niece showed up (they left a bit later than we did). Then we drove to the house my uncle is flipping, which was where we were going to stay to sleep for the weekend.

The house was...ummm...interesting. It wasn't in the greatest of neighborhoods (by the looks of it), and it was across the street from a bar. My uncle insisted it was just a restaurant. NOT. He should try staying there at 1am when it's hip hop night, and all you can hear are the THUMP, THUMP, THUMP sounds from the dance music!!! Ahem. We set up our stuff, we had air mattresses, and got ready to have dinner at my aunt's house. We had a good time there, lots of food, lots of family, lots of people I didn't actually know. haha! By the time we left, we were all really tired. I thought for sure I'd be able to sleep well since I was trying to stay awake on the drive to the house. But nooooooo. I woke up every hour, and at one point, I just sat up and put my head in my hands for awhile. I was sharing a mattress with Joanie, and it dawned on me how thankful I am that I am single and not sharing a bed with anyone because she moved so much!! I know you're probably reading this Joanie, I LOVE YOU!! lol But really, it was just uncomfortable, so I could understand why she wasn't comfortable and kept trying to GET comfy! I woke up Saturday morning feeling like a zombie. UGH!!

Saturday morning's memorial mass for my Grandpa (who passed away when I was 2 years old) was very short, but it was nice. My Grandma and all my aunts and uncles were there except for 2 of them. One of them has estranged herself from the family, and the other one claimed he didn't know about it. Now, I'm not sure about that one, but at least he was at my Grandma's for the catered lunch afterward! We had a fun time visiting with everyone, and my niece was just the highlight! She is NOT shy whatsoever, and she basically chatted with everyone. She was just too cute!!

In the later afternoon, my dad and I went back to the crazy house, to try to get some rest. I did fall asleep for about an hour. When I got up, I got a text from a phriend who told me that our phriend, Tara, had passed away. I was glad I was alone at that point, because I just broke down and cried. Another phriend gone within a month, and it's just so hard when we lose one. I called my phriend, which I'm glad I did, it helped to at least talk to someone who "gets" it. My dad got up after awhile, and fed Shelby, and we went back to my Grandma's house for more food. I hung out with my cousin, Sarah, who lives in AZ, and it was a nice evening! We got back to the crazy house again, and I tried sleeping with the light on, since the car lights were keeping me up the night before. At least I got a tad bit better sleep than I did the night before, since Joanie had already gone back home with Mandy and my niece earlier in the day (I LOVE YOU JOANIE!!).

We got up Sunday morning kinda late, which was needed for all of us. We gathered up our stuff, packed the van, and went back to Grandma's to hang out for a little bit, then said goodbye. The trip back home was uneventful. Shelby didn't get drugs this time, but she was still good!! It was around 4pm when my parents dropped me off, and I took an hour nap in my OWN bed. I am still trying to catch up with the exhaustion, though. Monday I felt like a walking zombie, but I didn't have time for much rest since I had bloodwork, and a bit later, I had to pick up some samples from my doctor's office. Yesterday I had pulmonary rehab, and then took it easy the rest of the day. Today I've been doing nothing, but I'm going to get a few groceries with my mom in a couple hours, and I need to get Mittens food. I'm just hoping for a day where I don't go anywhere or do anything, and it doesn't look like it'll be this week!!! lol

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Just A Few Words....

I'm getting ready to go to bed, but I thought I'd post that today was Mittens' birthday! Now, technically, I don't know if Oct. 2nd was his actual day of birth, but when I got him on Dec. 2nd 2000, he was 2 months old. Sooooo, I thought I'd pick Oct. 2nd as his birthday so I could remember it! lol Yes, he is 8 years old. My little man is growing up!! He had a good day. I gave him catnip this morning so he could get stoned while I went to rehab. LOL! He napped for the afternoon. He played while I was making bread. He napped again in the papasan chair. He got to sit in my nap a few times, and even tried to sit on the laptop! However, then he tried to bite me. And he got punished on his birthday!!! He was soooooo close to having a perfect day!!!

Well I'm pretty much packed and ready to go tomorrow for the weekend. I just have a few last minute things to throw into the luggage, and I'm good to go. I hope! I've been so tired the past few days, with the weather change. I am really hoping I'll be ok for the weekend. It's going to go by so fast, I'm sure, but I just hope I won't be a zombie when I get back home. Or even while I'm there. lol Oh well, I'm looking forward to it anyway!!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Wardrobe Change

Well today I spent quite some time changing over to my fall/winter wardrobe. I hate that! I'd rather be changing from winter to spring/summer. lol Obviously there's not much I can do about that, so I sucked it up and went through what I had and put everything away. I seriously need the hope chest that I STILL don't have (even though my mom wrote on my birthday card that they owe me one hope chest next week....."next week" was last week. lol) because I was stuffing sweaters and long sleeved shirts in the drawers, and I can only hope to get them open again! My winter stuff has always had a problem fitting in my dresser. If I could afford a new dresser, I still don't think that would help! But at least everything is out. I also put a LOT of summer stuff in the donation pile. I now have 3 bags of clothes to give away, and I need to do that soon. I'm sure someone could use my stuff.

I did exercise before the wardrobe exchange, and then the o2 guy came. I also packed my bag for the weekend with the outfits I needed, which weren't that many, and then got my pills ready to go. I also got blankets and stuff together. We are going to sleep in a house that my uncle rebuilt or built from scratch, I can't quite remember. So we are sleeping on cots and air mattresses. I'm not sure I'm going to like this, but not much we can do about it! There are going to be so many family in town, that sleeping at my Grandma's house wasn't an option. At least my mom told me the house has heat. Thank goodness, since the nights are going to in the mid to high 30s!! Yikes!!

I was so tired from everything I did that I took a 2 hour nap after lunch. And when I got up, I was just cold. I was supposed to go for coffee with a few friends, but I didn't end up going. I had my dinner, watched a couple shows, and then took a warm bath. Right now it's almost 11pm, and I am so ready for bed. That is waaaaaaaaaaaaay early for me, but I guess I need the rest! I sure hope I'm not coming down with anything!!!