Share Your World 2016 Week 13

Share Your World Week 13

I literally just set down to write a nondescript post about nothing and realized that I hadn’t posted for Share Your World this week. In fact, I didn’t even remember to check for it. Apparently my brain turned off on Monday and just now switched back on.

Are you left or right handed?  I am fully right handed, couldn’t use my left to save my life. Nor would I be very effective if I found myself needing to use my toes. Actually, the reality is that most of these digits are so oddly misshapen with arthritis that writing with my right hand is beginning to look a lot like I am writing with my toes.

If you had only one TV, would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room? We do only have one TV at the moment and it is in what I refer to as my family room. The only rooms I prefer not to have a TV in are the bedroom and the bathroom. Sleep and bodily functions don’t really need High Definition entertainment to go along with. In fact, no bathroom needs electronics of any kind. I am referencing the phone I found in the toilet alcove of my room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas a number of years back. Likely those are gone by now, since we can all just take our cell phones anywhere we want…

I did find this photo, just to illustrate. My toilet was much nicer, the walls lacked ADA approved railings, and I had 3-ply paper, not the generic industrial brand.

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Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story. This gets a big, fat no way, no sir. I might have given a nod to a walking event when my legs could still handle more than short, flat neighborhood outing, but I always hated running ever since a boy in the 2nd grade told me I ran like a girl…well DUH. Bike seats are just plain hell so no way am I sitting on one for any distance.

Complete this sentence: Love is… overrated. Unless it’s grandma love. Then it’s joyful.

Bonus question: Think I’ll skip this one, although I am incredibly grateful for all the sun and warmth we’ve been experiencing here in the last few days.

 

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An Unfamiliar Feeling

Sometimes a person, or people, are just supremely wonderful, like beyond words and thank you’s wonderful.

My oldest daughter and her family surprised me with a beautiful spring bouquet of flowers a few days ago. It was delivered to my door and now sits right here, next to me and my computer. The flowers are yellow and cheery and match the sunshine outside. It makes me smile each time I look at it.

My youngest daughter spent two days working out in my yard – edging borders, weeding, raking, even planting some flowers in a front flower bed. The yard looks a million times better, which makes me happy. I smile each time I look out the window.

Sunshine and happiness both inside and out.

It feels good to smile about something for a change.

Share Your World 2016 – Week 12

Share Your World 2016

Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink?

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Water, it would always be water. Nothing quenches my thirst better…however crisp Pinot Grigio or an ice cold beer would do in a pinch.

What made you feel good this past week? Chocolate – candy coated dark chocolate eggs. The bag was at the checkout counter and it just hopped into my cart…

When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot? Until it reaches 75 degrees and stays there consistently along about July 5th I almost always have socks on my feet. I can’t stand cold feet. Plus socks hide so many nasty foot things…dry patches, calluses, fuzz in the toes from all those socks, weird toenails.

Would you rather live where it is always hot or always cold? I know that Cee says we can use our imagination on these questions so I’m going with always hot, and I magically have my younger body back so that I can rock those short shorts and tiny tank tops.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Skipping this question for the week. It’s been sorta tough and my mood and outlook reflect that, although there was that chocolate…

Conversations

I had a conversation with my dad last night. One-sided, as you might expect, since he left this world almost 21 years ago. I haven’t done that in a long time. I would speak with him often when he first passed, doing all those things one does in the midst of grief and denial and coming to terms with loss.

The ups and downs of my life (if you read my words regularly, you know what this refers to and I have no intention of making this a marriage failure post) bring about these periods of sadness and questioning and the ups and downs have been running at full speed lately. You can always tell when the downs are winning because I don’t write much here. I refuse to, in fact. You are all my friends, but I never want this place to be one where you give a cursory ‘like’ to a post yet can’t bring yourself to read it because it’s another story of indecision and complaining and so on.

So, when I went to bed last night, trying to turn off my brain, and being very unsuccessful (note to DB…I think I sorta borrowed, and adapted, your bedtime routine tactics for elusive sleep) when the self-guided relaxation didn’t work, I decided that I’d ramble and whine a bit with (to) my dad.

He didn’t answer, but he listened and that’s what I expected. I know he can’t tell me what I should do. He might have, at some point when he was alive, but now he just sits patiently and listens. It’s funny how he never ages, always just sits quietly in his faded jeans and plaid flannel shirt, listening.

I miss him, a lot. I’m glad he was free last night, and willing to spend some time with me. Thanks dad.

Pill Popping

Without realizing it, an ongoing prescription of mine expired last month so when I went online to refill it from the pharmacy up popped the message that I (or they) needed to request a refill from my physician. I don’t pay attention to expiration dates on pill bottles, unless it’s a bottle containing old pain medicine that got tossed into an empty spot in the drawer and forgotten about.

I personally haven’t had any heavy duty pain meds around here in years so there’s another reason that any worry of pills expiring isn’t at the top of my ‘really should think about this’ list. I have one prescription and that is one that my doctor and I keep discussing the need for every year when I see him. When I was carrying around some extra pounds and working, and being more stressed and unhealthy than I realized, the medication was necessary. Now it likely isn’t and so we seem to always have this pleasant back-and-forth about continuing to refill this prescription or just put it aside and see what happens.

For the last year we have been on an agreed routine of 1/2 dosage. I like it, he likes the numbers he sees and so I just watch the little ‘refills left’ and ‘quantity’ numbers decrease slowly and think little else about it.

Anyway, I emailed a request for a refill at almost the exact moment that an email arrived in my inbox reminding me that it was time for my yearly re-check. The MA was nice enough to approve the refill as technically I still had 30 tablets left – two whole months worth of pills that would now allow me to take my time scheduling the recall appointment, because, well – I just can’t see rushing to put myself onto my doctors busy schedule when I suspect this appointment will be like all the others…more pleasant conversation, an assurance that they got the results of my overdue mammogram, the mumbled comments on his part as he types notes into the EHR, and finally our annual ‘goodbye until next year hug’ as he hands me the printed refill, good for another year.

Now, you may be asking yourself what the purpose of this post really is.

I mean, while it seems obvious that everyone is likely happy that my health is fairly good (putting aside the arthritis running rampant throughout my body), and while I can guess that many of you can relate to that point in life when ongoing medicines become routine, I grant you that my prescription refill doesn’t really warrant a blog post.

However…my pharmacy has changed hands in recent months. The pills that used to show up in my prescription bottle were thin tablets, easily broken in half, which fit my dosage needs very well. When I arrived at the pharmacy I was warned by the technician that they had used a different manufacturer this time around so I shouldn’t be alarmed that the pills would look different.

They look different alright. Nearly half the size of the old ones. Fatter and thicker. They also have a thin layer of that enteric coating. In other words, these suckers are impossible to break. They are also impossible to cut without turning the pill into a pile of rubble. They aren’t at all useful for someone who accomplishes their ‘half-dosage’ by breaking their pill in half. Another clear reality came when I realized that once before I had been given this same brand. My decision at that time was to bite those rocks in half. I chipped my top front tooth doing that. I won’t be doing that this time around.

I will be scheduling my re-check appointment. I will be discussing with my doctor the continued need for this medication at full dosage, half dosage, or perhaps not at all. If it is still needed, I assume some conversations with my pharmacist will be happening as well. I want my old brand back. Until then…medical professionals reading this – stop now – I don’t need any lectures on just how wrong what I am about to say is…

I am taking a full pill every other day…because that’s how, for the time being, I am justifying my routine half dosage.

 

Share Your World 2016 – Week 11

Share Your World Week 11

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order? I did an entire series on my siblings, although right now sorry to say I’m too lazy to link the posts. They were all written in January 2015 if you’re curious. I have three, all half-siblings, two sisters and one brother. I happen to be the youngest and the only child from my parents marriage. I believe I was an ‘unexpected’ surprise.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger? Drive for sure. I seem to have this control issue, along with some anxiety, when other people are driving. It could also just be that the majority of the people I find myself in a car with aren’t very good drivers…speed and tailgating scare the hell out of me.

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When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own? Well, I think we have two or three flashlights but pulling those out generally only occurs to allow for maneuvering around the pitch black garage where we store the camping lanterns. We don’t camp anymore, but those four lanterns have come in quite handy over the years. We have candles as well, plain old cheap emergency ones that I keep stuffed in a drawer in the pantry, but I always have decorative candles in the house as well. In other words…we do okay.

List at least five of your favorite types of animals?  (any animal to domestic to wild to marine life) Dogs, cats, and generally animals you would find mooing and bleating and lowing and snorting or snuffling around Old McDonald’s Farm. I’m not at all fond of birds or fish, and anything too exotic is best for distance gazing. Playing it pretty safe and neutral I suppose.

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Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? It was easy to find a ‘grateful for’ item – we didn’t have to pay this year on our taxes! I really anticipated that we would, so finding that money was coming back to us because of our clever CPA was gratifying indeed. Looking forward I would have to say Saturday March 19…the official declaration of SPRING. We didn’t really have much winter here and our trees have been budding for weeks but it’s nice to have the official season change documented in any case.