Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hay Fever UGH!

Hay fever has hit me...and has hit me hard. I guess it's the down side of having an immune system that's working once again.

I have been dragging the past few days and today was the worst. I got little sleep last night, I don't know if there's something going around or if it's something I ate (the thai food at Mary Ann's and then the leftover thai food last night) but something has been killing my stomach. I mean it actually HURTS! Last night and the night before I felt like I was going to puke...actually got up both nights, went downstairs and took a Zofran...that's how bad it was.

Of course the Zofran stops that shit right away...thankfully! But, what the heck?

This was my doctor week. On Wednesday it was seeing Dr. D; Thursday I saw Olympia for my annual gyn check. I had to ask, now that I don't have a cervix, how do they do a pap smear? Answer: they scrape the vaginal wall. DOH!

Friday I traveled to New Britain (New Brit-tain) for my gatroenteroly consult in preparation for my colonoscopy. I went way out there at Carol's recommendation that I see Dr. Sansone. She said I would love her and she was right. Dr. Sansone gave me all kinds of blood work I have to get done and I guess I have to crap in some bottles and have those analzyed too. And, get dairy for a month and then I go back to see her. She thinks I may have celiac disease...or is it ciliac disease. We'll see. This is going to be torture for me as I loves me my milk! And cheese, and butter....

My Facebook pals are very helpful with the suggestions of good milk substitutes and it seems that coconut milk is the way to go. I guess I'll be learning and experiencing a lot of new things. Oh joy.

I will have my colonoscopy in December, something to look forward to after my hernia surgery. Because my innards are so complicated and screwed up now she has to do the procedure in the hospital, not the office. Fine by me. I get to see New Britain Hospital...a new hospital for me.

On my way home I swung by Trader Joes and got my coffee, some great bread and some other goodies. I realized how much I have missed my trips to Trader Joe's and how much I wish there was one in Eastern CT. Charmine and I think Colchester could accomodate a Trader Joe's quite nicely.

Today I was just so darned tired and washed out feeling from the hay fever and from the stomach problems and from not sleeping and from having to get up early to feed that dogs so Sandy could get her sleep....I opted to stay home and miss Secchiaroli's pig roast...something I attend every year.

I did go to Jean's later in the day with Sandy as Jean had a big dinner planned for us and Taylor, Andrew and Ryan. Taylor was feeling under the weather too...stomach bothering her (hence my questioning if there is something going around) and she and I kind of hung out together in the living room, being quiet. It was unfortunate, Jean had filet mignon, cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole etc and I couldn't eat much and couldn't enjoy much.

Now I need to stop this nonsense and get upstairs to bed. We'll see if we can do more tomorrow. I would love to go to the fair, or go kayaking or something.

Oh...Andrew has a trailer like the kind I want to get. He will sell it to me. Yay! It has been well cared for and he even installed one of those silver tool storage lock boxes on it. Excellent! Now we have to get a trailer hitch put on Sandy's car, buy the trailer from Andrew, get it registered (he doesn't have a title for it) and we are in business! What business I don't know...but we are in business.

Nighty night!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Clean as a whistle!

Went to see Dr. DiSilvestro today, at Woman and Infant's new Norwich office on Sachem Street. How convenient.

Dr. D. walked into the room proclaiming loudly "CT scan is NEGATIVE!" We cheered.

They drew my CA 125 there and will send it up to W&I to be analyzed. That way I don't have to drive to Providence and the test results can be compared. If I had it done at Backus, it would be hard to compare the results as Backus uses a different scale for the test. My score at W&I might be 2 but a 9 at Backus. I like the W&I scale better...

After the check-up, Sandy headed home and I headed to Foxwoods, to buy tickets to see Kathy Griffin. I got of the midpriced tickets, checked out Apple computers at the Apple store they have up there and then came home.

I looked in my car manual and learned that they don't recommend installing a towing hitch or towing anything with the Camry. So there goes my idea about buying a little trailer to tow the kayaks, etc. with my car. I think we might buy a trailer for Sandy's car though. They have them on sale at Tractor Supply this weekend, and I'm sure they'll be on sale again.

Hurricane Earl is heading this way so tomorrow I have to haul in the lawn stuff and put the potted plants in a safe place. I'm going to haul the potted plants out of the garden pond they don't end up splattered all over the front of the house...I just powerwashed out there!

Jean is sending Frank down tomorrow to buy a generator. They have more to worry about down there along the shore. She figures that we can share it, if we lose power up here we can go down and get the generator. I like that idea.

The man hasn't called me back about installing the gas fireplace. He wants to come on Saturday...I guess that will depend on the storm.

I will be watching the progress of the hurricane as I have an appointment for a colonoscopy eval in New Britain on Friday afternoon. There's no way I'm driving across the state in pouring rain and high winds!

The Sox are done for. They lost to Baltimore last night. I think they are demoralized. They realize that upper management has given up on them...there were no big moves made to acquire top talent to help them make it into the play-offs. Now the most fun we'll have is watching Manny Ramirez and Ozzie Guillen. You know Ozzie isn't going to put up with Manny's shenanigans! This should be great drama.

Well, I'm off to bed. Going to read on the Kindle for awhile and then lights out.

Oh...I THINK I have figured out at least part of my continuing diarrhea problem. I think it's the l-glutamine I've been taking for neuropathy. I had told Shirley about L-glutamine and she tried it and told me it gave her wicked diarrhea. She is someone who also had gastric bypass. I looked at the label and note that the number one mentioned negative side effect is "abdominal distress." It says if you have that you should discontinue use and notify your MD. Well, I have been taking this on and off for almost two years!

I'm going to try to go without it and see if I see improvement. I didn't take it while I was in Sweden and still had troubles, but now that I have added probiotics twice a day to my regimen I have noted some improvement. One can only hope. Otherwise, the mystery will continue.

Nighty night..

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Went to the Brooklyn Fair, but couldn't really enjoy it a whole lot as I felt "out of it" all evening long. I think maybe I had too much sun, having mowed the lawn before I went. I did all right in the shade at the fair, but the moment I got in the sun, WHOA!

I did have a great steak sandwich at the Elks booth. The sandwich was made by Mike Brodeur and served to me by Maureen...great to see them there!

The lawn looks nice, all mowed. Also, the driveway looks great. It was sealed yesterday by Mr. Gallivan and crew. The same folks who put in our driveway on Sunrise Street all those years ago...and he did the job for $375....$425 LESS than that shyster who was here last week!

And, the fireplace guy came Saturday and we hope he will be able to start work this Saturday. We have picked out a Mendota gas fireplace we like and he will install it. He will also move the power vent from the furnace into the chimney it should have been done years ago! Actually, when they built the house they should done it...instead of that stupid, expensive power vent, that sent the oil furnace fumes right into our living room!

Can't wait to see how the new fireplace looks and works. We will be able to use it if the power goes we won't freeze. Not that our power goes out that often or for that long.

This furnace guy has a guy who works with him who brings a tank and runs the line to it. We will just have to find a gas company to come fill the tank.

The weather has been beautiful, but now is hay fever season and it's hitting me, now that I have an immune system again. So, I have to limit my trips outside. I stay in the air conditioning. Big sacrifice.

We are thinking of going to the Woodstock Fair...I'll have to see how I feel. If I'm feeling "off" it's a "no go" for me.

I go see Dr. DiSilvestro tomorrow for my quarterly check-up, will get the results of the CT scan I had last week. I realized this AM when I woke up in the wee hours, that I didn't get my bloodwork done...the CA125....I was supposed to go the lab when I had the CTscan done--but they never gave me the lab slip! So, I'll have to go to Providence again and have that done. Oh well, I'll go shopping or something when I'm up there.