Archive for June, 2012

Winding up the week

Posted on Monday, June 25th, 2012 at 4:44 am

I have until Thursday to get a couple of weeks of work completed before heading to Bryan for three weeks of house sitting.  At the same time, I’m dealing with change of medication side effects, notably a very high systolic level in my blood pressure, which is putting a big crimp in my efforts.

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I have major shopping to do, dealing with the financial office at the hospital, tutorials on the care of plants and animals here, packing, and all sorts of details.  Fortunately, the wheels have been greased, so money is not a problem.  But the schedule will be tight because of details.

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Helen is in the hospital in Houston, undergoing the more aggressive chemotherapy.  So far, she is doing okay, but the worst projected part is yet to come, after all the drugs have been injected.  Everyone is hoping that she gets through this with a minimum of treatment, and that she responds well.

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I wish that I could just sit back and give my body time to deal with the changes, but that is a luxury I don’t seem to have at the moment.

Downers and silver linings

Posted on Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at 7:41 am

Car died in the HEB parking lot yesterday (103°F at the time), shortly after transferring the title, forcing a tow home (some 20+ miles).  Fortunately, the driver was a very nice guy, driving his own truck, and we got a very good deal on the tow.  I owe thanks to the guy at Sears automotive for saving our hides and the ice cream and other cold stuff we’d bought.  Now I get to work on the car to see if I can isolate the problem and get it running again.  I know it’s ignition issues.

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I slept 10 hours last night after the ordeal.  My body was severely taxed yesterday.  My blood pressure was very high, and it is still elevated this morning.  The heat, exertion, and general stress was not good for me.  I didn’t go beyond my ability, but I came close to the limits.  I will be resting quite a bit today, and I’m sure that I will bounce back.

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The Oi reactors in Japan were given the okay to restart, declared safe, even though the reactors sit on a fault line.  Idiots…..  I foresee an election to oust Noda in the days ahead.  He’s too closely tied to the banks and utilities for the likes of the Japanese people, and he’s lied far too many times.  His days as PM are limited.

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Well, I get to drop my auto insurance Monday.  With the problems yesterday, I didn’t get home in time and was too occupied to call the insurance agent yesterday on the cell phone.  At least  I got my check in the  bank.  I also get to start dealing with the hospital’s financial office Monday, now that the car is out of my name and not subject to lien.  It feels good to get that away from hanging over my head.

Truckin’

Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Two trips today, one to Austin, one to Bastrop (shopping), me behind the wheel.  Racked up about 90 miles, total.  And got to walk two stores to boot.

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I’m being lazy tonight.

Playing in the water

Posted on Saturday, June 9th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Since there haven’t been any rain clouds passing overhead lately, I thought I’d go play in the water, in modo.  Low flight POV.

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Manual labor

Posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2012 at 4:37 am

I swept out the garage yesterday, my first stab at domestic duties.  I had to take it in stages, but the shed dog hair and leaves from the trimmed tree and loose dirt are now gone from the floor, and it’s now a much nicer place to hang.  I’m finding the limits of my stamina while getting my heart rate up.  It’s not easy pushing it like that, but the doctor said to get my heart pumping faster to dilate my veins and arteries, in order to bring my blood pressure down.  I’ll be glad to be able to drop the meds.  It is already dropping back down to normal, from the high side, where I ended up with the last med adjustment.  Bit by bit.

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I’m also feeding the animals again, as Helen is starting to encounter the bumps of her chemo sessions that started Monday.  Many of the household duties are falling in my lap.  Sleeping off the side effects seems to be working for her, but often things need doing while she’s down, and I’m just now starting to be able to pick up the slack.  So bit by bit, I’m getting those things, like feed the critters, done when needed.  Not real easy yet, and I get winded quickly, but as long as I stay within my abilities, I am managing.

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And I drove for the first time yesterday since surgery.  Just a couple of miles to the convenience store, but I drove well.  A little on the slow side for the first few hundred yards, then back to normal the rest of the way.  So life is returning in small increments.

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Tonight is Thursday Jam, and I’ll be leading it.  Bill won’t be here as expected.  I haven’t played much since the last one, so we’ll see how well I do tonight.  I don’t think I’m back to full singing voice for the rowdier tunes, but there are still plenty in the book I can do.

Turning the final corner

Posted on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 at 11:39 am

I’ve turned a lot of corners in the last three weeks, since I was split open for repairs.  And I think I’ve turned the final one.  My digestive tract is back to functioning properly.  I can bend over and touch the floor.  I can sleep on my right side without discomfort, indicating that the intestines are reattached sufficiently.  I can sit at the office desk for periods of time to work.  I walked to the back fence today with only Pup as company.  I feel as if I can  drive now, now that I’ve been allowed to drop one of the blood pressure meds.

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I still have a few things to achieve, such as cooking a meal from scratch.  (Leftovers and other things in the freezer allow me time for that.)  I still need to get full volume for my voice for multiple songs while playing.  (Haven’t tried that yet, just out of caution.)  Still haven’t run or lifted heavy items.  (I’m not stupid.)  I’ll get there in due time, which is at least another three weeks away.  In other words, this is the half-way point in my recovery.

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My blood pressure is a little high since the med adjustment.  I still have an intermittent low grade fever (<99.4°F).  And I still enjoy spending time resting, as I tire fairly easily by normal standards.  I still have some healing to do, but it’s simply to reinforce what healing that I have already achieved, healing for the rest of my life.  But I am getting around, doing things that we take for granted, and generally feeling better.  There are no more major improvements to achieve, just getting better at the ones I have achieved.

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It’s all downhill from here……

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Now to help Helen get through her ordeals to come.