Busy Day Yesterday

Yesterday was a busy day.  It started with my getting my mammogram done.  The x-ray program continued with my going by the hospital and having a batch of x-rays of my knees taken.  Next up was the dexa scan but I needed to make an appointment for that.  An appointment for Monday was scheduled.

After finishing my x-ray adventures, I went to Barnes & Noble where I almost completed my Christmas shopping.  I like finding gifts at B&N.  I see things there that I don’t see in other stores.  So I got a kit to teach yourself how to juggle, a model of a Star Wars character to be built, a kit to teach yourself how to do yo-yo tricks and, last but not least, a book. I only need to get two more gifts.  I have the items picked out — if the stores haven’t sold out of them — and I hope to purchase those in the next couple of days.

All those excursions yesterday has left me feeling pretty tired today so I’ve been taking it easy.  I’d like to put up my Christmas tree this evening and maybe even wrap the gifts I purchased yesterday.  I’d like to think about Christmas cards too but I may postpone that until tomorrow.

How are your Christmas preparations coming?

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Catching Up

Saturday night I went to the Symphony.  The man who usually sits behind me was there and we had an interesting chat before the concert and during the intermission.  He shared an idea he and his friends/family do during Christmas.  He said most of them are at an age where they don’t need more stuff so they exchange charities when asked what they want for Christmas.  He makes a donation in the questioner’s name to a charity they like/support and they do the same for him.  I think that sounds like a great idea.  What do you think?

The program was interesting.  All of it was music I had never heard but I found it to be easy listening.  I’ve misplaced my program so I can’t tell you much about it.  The first number was by Sibelius and the second was by someone I’d never heard of.  The final portion was a piano concerto.  It was very well played.

I’ve been gathering things for my charity donation tomorrow.  I still need to get them in a box and set it out on the porch.  The truck will be by between 7 a.m. and dark which would be about 5 p.m.  If I set it out tonight, I don’t have to get up early.

Yesterday I finally met my new doctor.  She seems to be on top of things and has ordered x-rays of my knees, bone scan of my spine and “scolded” me because I haven’t had a mammogram in a couple of years.  She gave me a referral to a dermatologist since I have a new mole which needs to be examined.  The dermatologist she referred me to isn’t taking patients who have my kind of insurance so I called the insurance company and got a referral to one who is in the network.  I’m feeling rather virtuous because I now have an appointment for my mammogram and one with the dermatologist.  I don’t need appointments for the x-rays since they’ll be done at the hospital.  I think I might get those done  tomorrow or Thursday.  It depends on what time the home health nurse comes tomorrow.

I’ve started my Christmas shopping.  I drew my niece’s name at Thanksgiving.  On her list was a pair of floor lamps.  She said they were from Walmart.  I couldn’t find them in my Walmart store and thought, “Oh, no!  This is another case like the boots she wanted one other year when I had her name.  I had to order them over the Internet.”  I’m not a great Internet shopper and much prefer getting something at a store.  I checked the Walmart website and there was a link to which of their stores had the lamps.  My regular one didn’t but another one that is nearby did.  So I went there to get them.

The lamps that store had were similar to the one she told me she wanted but not the exact one.  I decided to buy them anyway and if she isn’t happy with them, she can exchange them.  The big difference, I think, is the light bulb.  The one she told me about comes with a CFL lightbulb.  The one I bought uses a three-way lightbulb.  So we’ll see how that works out.

It’s so nice to feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.



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Happy Thanksgiving

I have much to be thankful for this  holiday.  At the top of my list is coming through my recent accident with no lasting damage.  And for the help of my sister and her husband with things that needed done at my house.

We celebrated our family Thanksgiving at my niece’s house.  This time I managed to find her house — you may remember I missed the housewarming because I couldn’t find it.  Her house is nice and a good size for a single woman.  Her day didn’t get off to a good start … her fridge wasn’t working.  Not sure if the problem is with the fridge or her electrical outlets.  But she managed to cook a delicious meal and I came home with a full stomach but no leftovers.  She had some but not many which was a good thing given the situation with her fridge.

Her older brother needs a better job.  And he has an interview on Tuesday for a possible one.  I pray he gets hired and is successful in that job.  He doesn’t get enough hours at his current job to meet his budget.

We drew names for Christmas.  I got my niece.  We also exchanged our Christmas lists.  It’s hard when you get to my age to think of things to put on a list.  I managed to get a few ideas together.  I’m at an age where I should be decluttering and getting rid of things, not accumulating more stuff.

I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.





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New Thing to Ponder

I’ve noticed a number of houses in my neighborhood now have blue lights in their porch lights.  Why?  Where do they buy these big blue bulbs?  Do you see the same thing in your neighborhood?

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Not On Vacation

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you have no doubt noticed I’ve been missing the last several weeks.  I was not on vacation.

On October 22 I slipped on some water on the floor and fell in my back hallway.  Thankfully, I have sturdy bones and a well padded bottom so I didn’t break anything.  But I couldn’t get my feet under me to get up.  So I spent four days on the floor, scooting/hip walking in the house, trying to figure out how to get up.  I felt I was pretty resourceful but it appears no one else agrees with me.

My first thought was that the mailman might notice the mail piling up and come to the door to see about me.  That didn’t happen.  Next I opened the garage door a bit — have no idea how much because I couldn’t see out the window since I was on the floor but I thought maybe neighbors would notice since it is not my habit to leave the garage door open.  No luck with that idea.  These things evidently only happen in fiction.

When I was a teenager, we were encourage to hip walk to reduce our hips.  That doesn’t work either.

While I was waiting, I kept bashing at my security system console on my counter.  I couldn’t see what I was doing because I couldn’t pull it off the counter enough to see from the floor.  However, I kept bashing at it and eventually must have hit the right button because the sheriff came.  (The system calls the sheriff if it gets an alarm.)  When I heard him outside, I started calling for help.  He came through the garage, shut off the alarm (it makes a fierce racket) and called the paramedics who came and loaded me up for a trip to the hospital.

I spent four days in the hospital and then was transferred to a rehab facility where I spent almost two weeks.  I’m back home now with exercises to do and visits from a home health nurse who told me she’s going to send a social worker and a therapist to see me.  She is also arranging for me to try LifeLine for 60 days for free.

My sister and her husband have been in my house doing cleaning, etc.  He is addicted to Pine-Sol which I dislike intensely but I put up with it because he’s the one doing the cleaning.  I tell myself his heart is in the right place.

One major problem is some things aren’t in the right place.  The sheriff moved my car out of the garage so the paramedics could take me out.  He put the car back but I have no clue what he did with the keys to my car.  I called the office but the person I spoke to was no help.  I plan to go to the office tomorrow to check on that.  Surely they had to make a report of the incident.  No one seems to know what happened to my glucometer.

But I’m thankful that there were people who helped me and I didn’t break anything.

A vacation would have been more fun in case you’re considering a similar event.








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Finally, it’s done

This morning I finally accomplished getting a flu shot. An area hospital was giving them free. I called and registered. Next problem was trying to determine the best route to take to get to the hospital. I knew where it was but hadn’t been there in years so I was a bit confused as to the best route to take. I eventually figured it out — without the help of Google or a GPS. The next issue was sorting out the parking garage. It was with a sense of relief that I got that sorted. Finding the proper office was easy after that.

I was given some paperwork to complete and then was directed into the office. Once there I was asked a few questions and soon had my arm “pricked” to get my vaccination. One of the questions I was asked was if I had driven “all the way from Fenton” to come see them. They seemed to be very impressed by my journey. I didn’t think it was all that far once I had figured out my route. I was just glad to finally get my flu shot at no cost. I was also given a ballpoint and a small container of hand sancticiser.

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Medical Help

Maybe I’ve finally got some medical help.  When I saw the nurse practitioner (because my new doctor was out on maternity leave; I’ve yet to meet her), she signed me up with a pharmacist program  at the hospital.  God love this pharmacist (who I haven’t met yet)!  She “heard” me when I said my newest prescription was too expensive.  She said she got sick to the stomach when I told her the cost of it.  She is willing to work with me to get my medications at a cost I can accept.


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