Sunday, March 25, 2018

Part 2 of February 2018.....

The last part of February was kind of depressing, honestly. The world was reeling over the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. And then, Billy Graham passed away. More was to actually come of that....

 My dad was in pretty sad shape during those last few weeks of the month. He didn't shower at one point because my mom isn't strong enough to help him in the shower. I ended up talking to her a couple of weeks later about possibly getting some help with him and also shared different ideas I learned from friends who have been down this road with their parents.

 I also ended up doing a lot of grocery shopping for my mom since she felt she couldn't leave my dad home alone. That was fine by me. I also ended up letting family know about Dad's upcoming surgery date.

 Mom turned 80 during the last half of the month. We didn't do much for it because Dad felt terrible and I had a cold.

 And that was February! 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

February 2018-Part 1:

February is, so far, starting out to be just as boring as January. Haha.

The month started with me taking my dad to get an ultrasound of his carotid artery. I think one side isn't good, judging from what I saw. Of course, I don't know what I'm looking at either.

 My mom and I both got sick in early February, right before her birthday. She had called the nurse hotline for her medical group, who I think totally over reacted. They told her to call 911 for what I really thought was a sinus infection. She then took herself to urgent care and got herself medication.

 I got sick also and thought I lucked out with just a cold, as I saw nothing colorful. As luck would have it, I haven't been able to kick this and am now seeing that fun stuff and will get in to see a doctor in my medical group this week.

 I also had my checkup from the surgery. All is well there. I hope that's it for procedures for at least a few years!

 And, sad to say, we can't forget the Valentine's Day massacre at the Florida high school. Sad stuff. Very, very sad stuff.

Monday, February 26, 2018

And the next two weeks...

 The next two weeks were pretty boring also. :)

 I did have a procedure done that's a bit TMI. The surgeon told me if the problem reoccurs to not have this procedure again. My niece (friend's daughter) was my driver. Here's to making this my last procedure for a few years!

 I went to a talk at my local library that was about the basics of Alzheimer's and dementia. I figured that the information would be useful since I have elderly parents. I was right.

 A friend is planning her wedding. I am included on the group Pinterest page, which is amazing to me. It's a Groupthink, Pinterest style.

 My dad also injured his back again.He actually fractured two vertebrae by simply rolling over in bed. An orthopedic surgeon said this is due to some pretty bad osteoporosis. I guess an xray showed that the osteoporosis is all over. He'll have surgery shortly to correct the problem.

 That's all I can remember for January. I hope the rest of the year is more eventful.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The first two weeks....

 I'm going to experiment here with more postings. Being consistent with it may be another story!

 The new year began very uneventfully. I made my usual cleaning  resolution and am making some progress towards it. Having the internet/TV service guy come out kind of expedited the need to not feel embarrassed about a messy home....

 My internet and TV went out for about a week. I got upset when my internet/cable service didn't show up for their appointment. I cancelled an appointment to stay home, which is why I was not happy. I got a pleasant surprise though when I called to complain. I had a nice credit in my next bill! The problem ended up being a bad modem, which meant not having to pay a service fee for them coming out since it was a defective product. Double score! :)

 I also had to renew my license. I had to retake the written test this time due to a ticket I got a few years ago. I tried just simply going down to the DMV on a day I had nothing to do. The DMV in my city had people standing outside when I drove up. It was raining that day, so I obviously wanted to avoid that. I had heard from a Facebook friend that a nearby DMV only handled drivers licenses, so I went there. No one was standing outside in the rain when I drove up, which was a big plus. However, the wait without an appointment was three and-a-half hours. I brought a library book with me and was almost done with it by the time they finally called my number. I was so happy when I finally left!

 I hate to say it, but my elderly father has been starting arguments with me this month over nothing. One was about whether I should pay my car registration in person or by mailing it in. He screamed at me at the top of his lungs when I disagreed with him. Another one was when we were out together running an errand and I explained something to an employee of the store we were at, which had him enraged because I contradicted him. He was wrong and I wanted to give accurate information. He really yelled. A friend who is a nurse has given me some resources on how to combat this, but I think it won't be simple. Family members have offered to help, and I will start calling them in. I can't be the only one handling this. It is exhausting. I mean really exhausting.

 On the medical front, I've only had one test. I know, shocking! It was a Pulmonary Function Test, which showed I have no breathing problems. I snapped this photo of the wall art while I waited to be called in. That's one thing I like about the medical group I'm in. They have really great art. Weird, I know, but it's nice to look at while you wait to see the doctor.

  I'm sure the rest of the month will be just as exciting. Haha.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

In summary...

 We're at the end of 2017. I've missed five months of updates because I've been busy living. Not a bad way to be...

 So, here are some facts about this year to sum it up:

  • Number of deaths in my life: Two. My cousin Leslie passed away in March and my dear friend Debra in September. Both of them were too young to pass away. Leslie's passing came quickly after her cancer diagnosis while Deb lingered for a year after her heart attack. I only went to Debra's memorial service, which was very nice. 
  • Number of insurance claims resolved from the 2015 fire. One. It took over a year for my homeowners insurance company to clear me. I am so happy that is resolved. So happy! Beyond! 
  • Number of times my parents needed to be in the hospital: Two. My dad fell backwards in the garage in August and had a procedure in October for it. He crushed a vertebrae and had a procedure to ease the pain. Mom thought she was having a heart attack the last Saturday in December, which meant a six-hour emergency room visit at her local hospital. I can't even begin to tell you how packed that ER was. Mom and I both wore masks because the waiting room was just filled with disease. 
  • Number of medical procedures I had this year: Two. I mentioned that the first one was to take a cyst out of my nipple. The second one is a bit TMI, but needed to be done. 
  • Number of new hairstyle experiments: One. I mistakenly thought I could cut out some split ends in my hair and ended up doing a number on it. After my hairdresser's shock wore off, he gave me an undercut. I really like it. 
  • Number of books I read: Over 20. I took up reading again as a hobby and got to know my local libraries. There is no sense to me in buying books right now, as there are two libraries near me that I can check new books out from. 
 I will try to be more diligent with updating this blog in 2018. I really enjoy looking back and reading the different events in my life. Until then, Adios 2017 and Hello New Year! 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

June gloom?

 The lovely days of June have come and gone. They were a mixed bag.

 I'm still employed. :) I about came unglued though one day this month, but managed to stay calm when I was blamed for a mistake that was not my fault. What happened was a loan processor did not do his job and ended up not sending money out on time. I have to do 50 things at once, so I got the email asking where the money was but was doing my job and got the email to the processor late. It's not like I wasn't doing my job! And guess who got blamed for the funds not going out? Me! Why? Because they claim I could have forwarded and printed the email and walked it to the processor sooner, even though I was doing my job!

 I also ended up getting a nice bacterial infection that had me on antibiotics for 10 days. The woman behind me at work has been sick since the day I began there, so I know she gave me the infection. She's still sick....

 My parents also celebrated their 47th Anniversary. I once again played designated driver and drove them to dinner at The Cat and the Custard Cup. As usual, it was fantastic.

 Father's Day was also nice. My mom and I went out to dinner with my dad to Cafe El Cholo, where he said he wanted nachos with jalapenos and beer. He said he could have stopped there. :) I got him beer for a Father's Day gift, which he really liked.

 On to July! Photos to come-some day!

May Days....

 No pictures will be shown in this entry so that I can get caught up. They may be put in at a later date.

 I decided to take a nice long walk in early May at the arboretum down the street from me. It's connected to the university that I went to. It's gorgeous and proved to be a great walk.

 I also started my new job. This deals with commercial loans, which I have zero-zip, zilch, nada-experience with. Residential, yes. Commercial, no... The building is phenomenal that I work in though. It has a gym for employees and a food court for breakfast and lunch. (Yes! A food court!) The light that streams in to the common area to eat lunch at is great too. However...The commute is ghastly. Like really, really damn ghastly. Plus, I'm making tons of mistakes. I know it's common to do that at a new job, but I just don't know. I got this job through a temp agency, and I know I'll be here until at least the end of August. I just don't know though.

 Mother's Day was nice. My mom just wanted take out. I had found her a cute little garden rock for a gift. My sister only called her, so I know my gift had meaning.

 And so, that was my month.