Friday, December 22, 2017

Nasty Cough Turned Hospital Stay Turned Lung Issue

Oh my.  What a story I have to tell.  But not today.  I'm off for Christmas/New Year vacation, and recuperation.  Yes, recuperation.  I've been hospitalized again.

Short of it:  Nasty cough I had, by 10:00 pm that night, was full-blown flu.  Taken by ambulance the next morning to Emergency.  And once they took a chest x-ray, the flu was no longer front and center.  I now have a temporary pluerex tube sticking out of my chest and we are home-draining every other  day. 

That's the short version.  When I come back and have time, I will sit down and tell you everything.  ohmygod.  ohmygod.  What I have been through........again.  Hospital stay this time, 5 days.

Well, one thing's for sure, I think I now qualify as 'bad off" as some of Dr. Eye's other patients.  Then again, maybe not.  Either way, she's fired, as of this writing.

So ya'll, go have a good Christmas, and remember what its REALLY all about, and its not buying and going in debt. <><  Love on your family, and be sweet to strangers.

I'll check back in the first week in January, when I return.  Lots and lots to talk about.

Merry Christmas ya'll!!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Taper One Week In - A Nasty Cough - Finally Some News

Taper one week in - I am now removing 2 slivers (2 maybe 3 mg's), and so good.  That being said, my left lung is very tender (right lung, fuggitabout just lays there like a fat lazy dog).  If it gets worse as I continue to taper, or this cought gets worse.  I'll go see Dr. G.   Dr. Eye can kiss my grits, besides, it takes 3 months to get in to see her, I'd probably be dead before I could get wait.....I'm not as bad off as her other patients so I'm exaggerating my condition.  Anywho - Another sliver or 2 and I'll be at the 1/2 pill mark on my night dose.  go me!  I still don't think I'll be able to go passed 5mg a day, but hey!  5mgs a day!!!  That would be wonderful.  Any of the 1 or 4 people that actually stop by here, send me some good vibes, cross your fingers and toes, keep me in your prayers that this will actually work this time.

Yeah, nasty cough.  It started this morning when I got up.  There's a bug going around for several weeks now.  My bestie has been sick since Thanksgiving.  So far (miracles do happen) I've not cought anything.  But today....the throat is scratchy, and I'm coughing.  A lot.  A dry hacking cough.  Not fun.  Lets hope it stays with just this cough.

Finally some good news from the "powers that be" in Personnel Land about my Early Retirement/Disability.  Remember, this is not SSDI.  I am actually going to retire early because I have enough years in.  I'm too young for real retirement (I love saying that :)), so I had to apply for disability retirement, and that's what takes so long because it has to go before a board blah blah blah, but anyway.  I called up there Monday, because dangit, its been since APRIL for heavens sake.  Anyway, the nice lady I spoke with said my case had been assigned a case worker on 20 October, and was being reviewed.  "Just be patient a little longer, it looks like its not going to be much longer now"  AWRIGHT!  I really don't expect it to  happen before the holiday, but January maybe/hopefully, please please let it be January.  Again, as I've said before, once I'm retired I can give more information regarding where I work and who I work for and it will make sense as to why this has taken so long.  All will be revealed in good time.

My replacement has been in my old office now since the first week in October.  She's......different.  More on that too when I can actually talk about it.  So I'm still a buyer, but I'm out in the "shop" where all the action happens, no longer up in the turret in the executive offices with the suits and ties.  I'm out with the grease monkies, where the rubber meets the road.  And busier than a one-armed paper hanger.  But its all good.

I have a lung function test/appointment with the pulmonologist next week.  Send me some good vibes on that too.

So that's it for today.  ya'll be sweet and I'll keep you posted on the taper.
ta ta

Monday, November 27, 2017

Anybody Else Sick Of These "Cutesie" Self-Esteem Boosters?

I think Patientslikeme have been communicating with my rheumy.....

Some of these little "esteem boosters" are just ridiculous.  Read this one good.  This is the same thing as that dumb "pain acceptance" bs going around, which is just a nice way of saying "suck it up".  LOL  this one says "accept your pain...and it will hurt less"  what a load of shit.  That's all I'm saying.  And ya'll know, I don't usually use fowl language, but this begs for it. 

One article I read said that this "....pain acceptance is gaining momentum..."  yeah, from people who don't have chronic pain disease.  Bull Shit.  Just because its on the internet doesn't mean they won't lie, skew numbers and statistics, and try to bullshit you.  There's a mission here.

I know there are those worse off than me, I have a rheumy that doesn't miss an opportunity to remind me of that.  But I don't need to be reminded of that, to appreciate life.  Believe me, you get a diagnosis like this, you WILL appreciate life.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Its Been A while - Running out of time - and a receipe

I kind of lost my blog mo-jo.  And there's been a lot going on.  Still no word yet on my early retirement disability.  Looks like I'm going to have to get more higher-powers involved.  Folks with lots of bars and stars. 

I saw Dr. G two weeks ago.  :(  He said the diminished air flow is now at shoulder-blade level on the right lung, and about 1/2 up in the left lung.  I'm running out of time.

The IBS has been flaring for a few days.  Yes, we've determined all the morning sick (and any other time of day too), the intense pain before going to the bathroom, the belly cramps....its all IBS.  Maybe I already talked about that in the past.  I can't remember, and I'm too lazy too look back.  I just know its misery.

This morning I was googling it, and found a list of "trigger foods".  What??  Trigger food?  ....wonder why I don't already know that..... but anyway, one of the "trigger foods" on this list is cabbage.  Now, if ya'll haven't figured it out yet, I'm a good old fashioned southern girl, born and raised and damn proud of it (I lived in Massachusetts for two years when I was in the military.  Its a whole nuther world up there, and that's putting it mildly).  And as such, it is almost required that you like cabbage.  Like corn bread (and don't be fooled ok?  That yukky bleh dried-out yellow sweet-cake some people call "corn bread", is NOT corn bread.  Cake is sweet.  Authentic corn bread is not.  I asked my mom one time why she didn't put sugar in her corn bread.  She looked at me like I was a heretic.  I thought she was going to smack me. I'm just sayin).  So Sunday night, I chopped up and fried in bacon fat (another requirement) an entire head of cabbage, and made corn bread to go with it.  OHMYGOSH!  By Monday morning around 4:30, the pain woke me up, and I had to make a quick dash to the toilet.  By the end of the day Monday, I'd made 6 visits to the ladies room, 3 rolls of paper, and cramps to the point that I am sore today.  I gotta give up the cabbage.  sigh. 

Authentic Southern Style Corn Bread (As my momma taught me, and her momma taught her...and I've never had a complaint yet)

A well seasoned, black, cast-iron skillet (sorry, its just not the same in anything else.  It is what it is)
2-parts white self-rising cornmeal  (the "part" size for my size skillet is about 2 cups)
1-part self rising flour  ( I use Martha White for both)
1 egg
a touch of salt and pepper (not too much)
1/4 cup vegetable oil (or bacon fat if you have some, that's best for flavor)
Enough buttermilk to make your batter cake-batter-consistency.  Not too thick, but not too runny.  You *can* use plain whole milk, I do it in a pinch.  And its just as good, although the buttermilk does taste better.  Just don't use 1%, or 2% or that blue stuff they call "skim milk" , or soy milk, bleh!  Your cornbread will not taste as good, use real milk or buttermilk.  Preferably buttermilk.  I'm just sayin.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix everything together except the milk, in a mixing bowl.  You don't have to worry about all that "dry-mix-then-wet-mix" malarkey.  I never bothered with it, neither did my mom, and the proof is in the results.  Just throw everything thing in a mixing bowl including the egg.
Then add in about a cup of milk (I eye-ball it) and mix.  Keep adding dabs of milk until you have it like cake batter.  Stir it up good.

After this, heat your skillet on the stove with about 1/3 cup of oil or bacon fat.  Sprinkle in some corn meal, this makes a nice crust.  Just let the oil get nice and hot, but not smoking.  Pour your batter into the hot skillet, shove it in the hot oven.  Note the time.  Wait 30 minutes, and take it out.  It should be a nice golden color.  Turn it out onto a plate.  The "up-side" should be golden brownish. 
mmmmmmm....mmmmmm Delicious! 

Ya'll be sweet.