Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
- prepared breakfast for my hungry husband;
- refilled the suet feeder so the hungry woodpeckers (and various other birds) could have their breakfast;
- refilled the hummingbird feeder so they could have their breakfast;
- brewed up another batch of hummingbird food (4 parts water to 1 part sugar). I keep a batch in a juice container in the refrigerator because I can't let those feeders go dry until all my friends have left for the season, usually by the end of September.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
The photo above was taken as near to 1:16pm as we could manage. My beautiful boy is trying to get away from me, probably because he thinks the game is silly. I was asking him, "Do you know what I was doing 34 years ago today?" And of course, he knew the answer because, he tells me, his mom asks him the same question every year on HIS birthday. Imagine that!
I wonder where she ever got that from?
Friday, August 28, 2009
- Have already emptied the dishwasher; that nearly used up all the energy I had.
- Finally called John up for breakfast (completely forgot; I thought we'd HAD breakfast). Poor baby could barely make it up the stairs for weakness by the time I got 'round tuit!
- We need to start working on that back storage area.
- Was going to go to the grocery store; guess it can wait another day.
- Have a load of laundry that just has to be done; surely I can manage that much.
- All I really want to do is go back to bed.
I know absolutely that I can manage that last one. I'll grab a book, curl up, and with any luck, I'll be asleep before I get to chapter two.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
- Before I can restore the "vestibule" of my home for lack of a better term to describe the entrance to my home) to its normal state of disrepair, I first have to return the contents of the storage area to their rightful place.
- Before I can return the contents of the storage area to their rightful place, we have decided to put in additional shelving back there.
- New project; new supplies needed; new delay.
- So, the vestibule of my home will remain extra cluttered for just a little while longer, one might say.
- And that's NOT such a good thing.
- The leak is fixed, as is evidenced by the absence of water except where water should be.
- So the tiles can be replaced and regrouted yada yada yada.
- And the the bathtub could also be recaulked.
- And then that wait could begin to let it all dry sufficiently yada yada yada.
- Except the old tiles have been soaking to remove the old drywall ...
- And the old drywall just won't come off.
- More delay ...
- But at least in the interim, we can shower by taping a garbage bag over the gaping hole ...
- And that IS a good thing.
- We are in Ottawa on September 9th and 14th for appointments.
- John leaves for a hunting holiday on September 21st (my coveted "time alone").
- He returns from said holiday on September 27th.
- On October 1st, we leave for Halifax, returning on the 6th (We're going to a wedding and I still haven't figured out what I'm wearing!)
- October is bird hunting month.
- November is deer hunting.
- We all know what December is.
My, my, my. I can see it all now.
Isn't it funny how solutions to potential problems can just jump out at you when you lay them out a certain way?
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Lanark County Special
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
- I went on a four-day trip to Toronto, which trip involved lots of walking and much stair climbing (stairs at the Rogers Centre on Saturday and Sunday; stairs at our host's home);
- While I had the day at home on Tuesday for R&R, I also had things to do around the house in the way of unpacking and laundry etc, which kind of involved movement;
- I went into Ottawa for a physio session on Wednesday and hung out with my daughter (that means we went shopping, which involved lots of walking) and I stayed there overnight, which means stairs to climb;
- The plan was to have Friday for a much needed R&R day. But as I reported here earlier, my audiologist called late Thursday afternoon which precipitated another trip into Ottawa -- I did that yesterday morning;
- Today, I am able to sit around, do nothing, and veg -- a real, true, R&R day.
Because I can.
But I shouldn't.
I especially should NOT be going up and down the stairs without the stairlift when I'm supposed to be recovering from four days of travel mode.
So now I'm paying the piper.
And I'm sitting here with icepacks on my groin and heat on my back.
I have today to rest and relax and do nothing.
Tomorrow we have a BBQ to attend in Arnprior -- John is hoping he doesn't have to go without me but my jury is still out. It will depend entirely on how my body is feeling tomorrow morning.
And Monday, it's right back to the physiotherapist to see if she can get me back on track (that means a commute into Ottawa.)
Then I'll take the rest of the week as R&R time to make up for all the abuse that I've heaped on my body over the past ten days or so.
I have to.
I need to get back to "whirling dirvish" status.
We're having a family BBQ here a week tomorrow.
So I have to be recovered by then.
So I can start all over again.
And I'll try to take from this experience and apply what I've learned to our October Halifax trip. We will be gone from Thursday to Tuesday for that trip; and we're traveling by plane. Quite the different challenges will present themselves!
Friday, August 14, 2009
- I take Lyrica to control the symptoms of fibromyalgia and it does a masterful job of helping with the generalized pain of fibro. It falls down on the chronic fatigue end of things; I find that I still experience "completely out of gas from doing nothing" days.
- In addition to fibromyalgia, I also have bursitis in both hips (at least that is the diagnosis of exclusion that all the specialists have agreed to settle upon.) The right hip has been affected for some 30 years; the left hip only joined the parade about six years ago.
- I practice numerous pain management techniques to help control my pain while at home, including: home use of a TENs machine; home use of an ACUPEN; back rolls on every chair that I use in my home; egg foam insert on my mattress (which is already bought-to-order specific for my hip problems); frequent treatments in my jet-massage tub; a stair lift helps me up and down the stairs. I may be forgetting some things; there are so many things I just do automatically now to "avoid" the pain I know will otherwise follow.
- On top of all the home remedies I use, I also have bi-weekly massage therapy sessions as well as weekly visits to my physiotherapist. My physiotherapy sessions are actually neck-to-ankle acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture is one of the modalities used at my physiotherapist's office for pain management (TENs application; ultrasound; interferential therapy; heat/ice packs are some of the other modalities used). These photos were taken several years ago when we first started treatment. We'll update the photos with more current ones showing the top to bottom coverage that I now endure. Once all the needles are inserted, I lay there for up to a half hour. Good napping opportunity!
- Anyway, in addition to all of the above, we had to find some big guns to address the bursitis in my hips. For quite some time I had been using codeine in various forms (Tylenol #3, Codeine Contin) but I was taking it in such a quantity that it was wreaking havoc with my bowel. So we had to find a replacement.
- We tried Oxycontin. No can do. I was supposed to take the stuff every twelve hours. It gave marginal pain relief for about six to eight hours. Then my body started telling me that it wanted more of that stuff. I wasn't on it three weeks when my body decided it was addicted! Every six hours it was demanding the stuff. Sweats - chills - dizziness - severe nausea - not a pretty sight. I refused to give in but I did run a test. At the 20 hour mark, I took a pill. Everything stopped. Sweats stopped. Chills stopped. Nausea stopped. I felt great. However, six hours later .... my body wanted more again. So that was it. I took me off that poison cold turkey (much to my doctor's chagrin) and took absolutely nothing for the ten days it took for the withdrawal symptoms to stop. It was nasty let me tell you!
- When I returned the unused bottle of Oxycontin to the pharmacy, that was when my pharmacist suggested a safer alternative, used very successfully by many fibro sufferers. The rheumatologist had recently suggested the same drug; my doctor and I had discussed that very drug as a possibility when he had prescribed the Oxycontin. So when next I saw my doctor, I raised the topic of this other medication.
- As I have discussed on this blog, I have been using these new meds since late June and I could not be more pleased with the results. One of the more interesting phenomena I experienced was during a visit to my dentist's office. Normally, it is quite painful for me to have my teeth cleaned -- I have extremely sensitive teeth. But when I visited the dentist shortly after starting on these new meds, one of my first comments was, "Hey, it didn't hurt. That stuff must really work!"
So, you can well imagine how surprised I was to open the Ottawa Citizen this morning and read the following article: National. Marijuana makes pain worse: study
You should read it. I don't know who participated in that study. Cuz it surely wasn't me! The "new meds" I'm taking? Cesamet. Check it out. It's active ingredient? Yup. Marijuana!
They've found a way to extract the medicinal, pain relieving properties of the plant, and put it in pill form. No munchies; no hallucinations; no funny business. My doctor told me that when it first became available in Canada, all the junkies came running in looking for it. But when they found out it "didn't work" they decided they didn't want it it any more. It does not give you a high. It just stops the pain. I said to the doctor, "That's better than a high isn't it?
In other news:
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I had help blowing out the candles, but we got them all on the first try!
Before heading home this morning, I took my car to the dealer for its first oil change. They also had to take a look at the navigation system -- it doesn't work the way it's supposed to. A new one has been ordered and they will let me know when it arrives so I will have to go back and have that taken care of. Will be nice to have a reliable (and, hopefully, updated) GPS system.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
- We made the trip from Almonte to Toronto to attend the Back2Back Reunion weekend
- Bob, our host in Toronto, bought a nose-bleed ticket to Friday night's game (published attendance 30,795) so he could try to get Joe Carter's autograph for me. He received the fan hand-out (souvenir Back2Back hand towel). We did not go to the game.
- We attended the game on Saturday, August 8th (published attendance 28,613) -- players were seated at autograph tables (with huge line-ups) positioned outside the stadium; no evidence of programs for sale; no "party" atmosphere; not aware of any fan hand-out
- We attended the game on Sunday, August 9th (published attendance 27,464) -- no evidence of player presence other than Tom Henke throwing out first pitch; fan hand-out (Tom Henke figurine) to first 10,000 fans (we did not get one)
- We came home having attended two of the Reunion weekend games and we have photos to prove we were there -- but we were unable to buy a souvenir program and we personally did not receive a single promotional hand-out (but see my August 9th post to read about the surprise birthday gift I received from Blue Jays management).
Have you ever attended a sporting event and been unable to buy a program as you enter the stadium? Wasn't bad enough that we couldn't buy a program as we entered, but we couldn't buy a program once we entered either. Nope. We actually had to ask where we could find programs. "At the souvenir stand." Of course! Huh? Since when do you go to the souvenir stand to buy a program? Well, that's what we were told! Yup! Except, when we got to the souvenir stand, we were greeted with, "Sorry, we sold out on Friday night." Can you believe it?
We're talking a commemorative issue program, marking the 2009 Back2Back Reunion Weekend, celebrating the Toronto Blue Jays' 1992/93 World Series championships.
Joe Carter worked very hard to put this weekend together and I think that the Blue Jays organization had a responsibility to ensure that every fan who attended any one of the games should have left the ballpark with something more than the memory.
Let's do the math here. The total published attendance for the three days was 86,872 people. Apparently, there were fewer than 30,000 programs printed for this series because they sold out on Friday night. I highly doubt that each and every fan who went to the game bought a program! If your ballpark holds 50,000 people, and you're planning a 3-day weekend commemorating a special time in your history, you should have predicted that you would need more than 30,000 programs for the weekend. And programs should have been available for sale at each of the games over the weekend -- not only at the first night's game.
At Friday night's game, the fan hand-out was a commemorative hand towel. Bob was able to get one because he bought a nose-bleed ticket so he could get in the line-up to try to get Joe Carter's autograph on my jersey (he wasn't successful in that effort, unfortunately.) Bob, being the sweetheart that he is, gave the towel to me since this was my "birthday bash" weekend. Every fan who walked through the gates that weekend should have received one of those towels -- not just those who attended on Friday. There were only 86,872 people attended the entire weekend. It would not exactly have broken the bank to supply that give-away to everyone!
At Saturday's game, to my knowledge, there was no fan hand-out at all. Alumni players were positioned at signing tables in groups of four outside certain gates to provide autographs to the hoards of fans. So here we had people lined up to the ying-yang waiting to get signatures and they didn't necessarily have to have a ticket for the game. So fans who paid for tickets may or may not have been lucky enough to get the autograph(s) they wanted. Buskers were everywhere. But once we entered the gate, there was absolutely NO celebratory atmosphere about the park. It was simply another Blue Jays ball game; just a day at the ball park.
Sunday's game was even lower key. This time, there was nothing going on outside the gates. This was the day we tried to find a program. Unbelievable! The fan hand-out for this game was a Tom Henke figurine -- to the first 10,000 fans only! Now why, on such a weekend, would the organization limit the hand-out to such a low number? When I asked about the lack of programs, I was told, "Yes, sometimes on a Yankess or Red Sox series we often run out too." My point is, this wasn't just a weekend series. This was a series that was also marking a very special time in the Blue Jays history. Apparently, the Blue Jays organization didn't see it that way.
I truly believe that, as the crowds exited the Rogers Centre on Sunday following Roy Halladay's 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles, we should have been dancing to the tune of Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" -- because that is what this weekend represented, a lament to what Blue Jays baseball used to be. I'm sorry Joe, but Toronto evidently doesn't give a damn!
In other news:
These new meds continue to do their thing. I am tired and sore today and I'm using this day as an R&R day, although I do have "catch up" stuff to do after being away for four days. All in all, I feel remarkably well considering that I was away and the amount of activity I undertook over the course of that time. In the past, I (a) would not have been able to participate and (b) would have been in absolute agony for several days afterwards.
John and I both enjoyed the weekend tremendously and I know that a large part of that enjoyment factor comes from the level of my involvement in the weekend. Usually, when we go to Toronto, Bob and John go off and do their thing while I stay back and wait for them because I can't do all that walking. But this time, I was able to go to back2back ball games (that would never have happened before!) and I lived to talk about it!
This past weekend was a real test of the new meds. And they truly passed. Four consecutive days of demanding physical activity -- and I'm fine! Wait 'til I tell my physiotherapist this one!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
- In 1975, I spent the night in the hospital trying to have a baby (false alarm). My daughter was born 20 days later but I still think that qualifies as a fairly special birthday present.
- In 1994, I took me to Toronto to see the Blue Jays for my birthday (to catch Joe Carter's balls!) The infamous strike -- the one that ended what would have surely been the Expos' run for the World Series -- started the next day! Some birthday present that was!
- In 1995, I met John the day before my birthday. I figure that was a not-bad birthday present that year!
- In 1996, I landed my "dream job" one month after my birthday. Following three years of unemployment, that was a fabulous birthday present that year!
- In 2005, I spent the day of my birthday on the Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tour (for free -- a spectacular birthday present)
- In 2009, I will be in the stands of the Rogers Centre at the Back2Back Reunion weekend ...
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Yes, John gave me my birthday present a full week early (OK , I picked it up my ownself and I brought it home and I put it on and I showed it to him and I gave him a big kiss and told him thank you and that I LOVE it and then I asked him to take my picture)
Once we sorted out the confusion, we had a good chuckle! She has now given me her blessing to enjoy my birthday gift in good health, claiming that I actually got John a pretty good deal!