Friday, September 11, 2015

Endometriosis is Not in my Head, at least not yet

Yesterday I had my annual beg the PCM for referrals and prescription renewals appointments.  I told the good and wise man that I was having pain with my orgasms.  He stated that I could not still be having endometriosis and that he called the surgeon's office that did my procedure, talked to an LPN there, and she said it couldn't be.  I bed to differ.  He disagreed again.  He said I have no organs to trigger an attack.  I have no uterus to cause the bleeding and no ovaries to stimulate a flare up.

According to an article I just read on endometriosis even men can get the disease.  As far as I know men don't have a uterus or ovaries!  I detest a know-it-all doctor that really doesn't want to listen.

So when my referral comes in to see a doctor for my endometriosis I'm going to try to get the one I want in Atlanta.  I realize it is out of network and I'll have to pay out of pocket.  If they help alleviate my pain it will be worth it.

Other things I found out at the doctor appointment, rather I kind of knew this but it took my good wise man of a doctor months to figure out, I'm a high risk for congestive heart failure.  Mom recently tested positive for protein in her urine.  They put her on meds for it.  I tested positive twice during my pregnancy for protein in my urine.  Dad died of congestive heart failure after having numerous attacks of it.  My legs are always swollen.  The doctor finally increased my dosage of Lasix.  Hopefully in a few days the swelling will go down.  I've been able to keep my blood pressure under control with my meds, diet and exercise.  It was 128/60 yesterday.

I've been here for 17 months and my good wise doctor finally realized after all my asthma attacks I might need more than just nasonex and my asthma inhaler.  He put me on Zyrtec.  Yes, I can breathe at night!  One night of no coughing up strings of mucus.  Yes I know gross but well that is life.

Eily now has 12 teeth.  The thought of mucus and Zyrtec trigger the teeth memory.  She is on Zyrtec and drools all the time with the teething.  She cut 5 teeth last week.  The last of the front top teeth popped through and all 4 of the 1 year old molars came through together.  Time to celebrate with her favorite steak J told me...Ribeye.  J and Eily do love Ribeye.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

14 Months

Little E turned 14 months old yesterday.

Our lives are increasing with more activities every day.  E loves to pull the books off of her shelves, my shelves and J's shelves.  She chews on them.  Of course this leads me to talk about the two molars that are making an appearance on the bottoms.  There I mentioned them.

Her hair is getting darker.  It is now more of a reddish brown and more curly.

She can now dunk her cookies in milk.

She is now drinking milk.

She has moved fully onto tableware to include her metal fork and spoon, plate and bowl however, she still eats with her fingers too.

Her favorite sentence is still, "I did it".  But she does say  other sentences such as: "how are you?", "I want that." and "are you okay?".

Her newest word twisted my head around as it was a Saturday morning.  She said appropriately enough to me, "SATURDAY!".  So cute.

We are working on her Spanish and her numbers still.  I sometimes will slip in some French and German when I'm not really thinking about it with my replies to her.  I just get so tired and words just ramble out of my mouth.

We did start potty training.  I purchased a bi-lingual potty training book, English/Spanish.  I don't know Spanish all that well but J is fluent.  We do sit her on the potty about once a day and we don't force it as of yet.

E's taste buds are quite developed I think.  She loves my cooking.  I made a Shepard's pie the other night using lamb and beef with carrots, peas, red skin potatoes, gravy and various herbs and spices and she loved it.  How many kids at this age love Lamb?  I made a casserole with Chorizo in two weeks ago and also a week before that and both weeks she ate it.  When I cook it is like she can never get enough of my cooking.  She eats all the food off of her plate and starts eating off of her dad's plate next!  Oh and she loves the left overs too.  She also loved the cranberry meatballs I made a few weeks ago.  Tomorrow night I'm going to make Swedish meatballs using ground turkey.  The only dish my daughter has yet to like is the Sauerbraten.  It was a little to sour for her taste buds.

As for me....
I had the experimental lidocaine injection done to my lumbar facets.  I felt relief for about 6 hours.  I think that it was a success.  I'll know more in two weeks what the doctor thinks about the procedure and what he saw in the xrays.  Fingers crossed that I'll be a good candidate for the root nerve burn out.  I'd like to have 6-12 months free of lower back pain.  I'll still have to deal with the pain in my body but less pain is better in my book.  Less pain means I'll be able to function better and do more with my daughter too!

Oh and for fun I'm working on removing peeling paint in the house since BBB reality won't get a move on to it do the repairs here.  I'll paint it when I'm done as paint won't stick to peeling paint.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Riding Out the Storm

We are due for one heck of a nasty storm to hit us in the next few days.  Because of the Red Cycle that has started up AGAIN, we will be riding out the storm on the installation.  One vehicle family.

No passes and no leave is granted during Red Cycle.  Unless of course it is a family emergency.

Next week I am undergoing a medical procedure.  It is elective.  It is also experimental. If it works then I will go for the next phase.  Unfortunately I have to be in a lot of pain for the experiment to be performed on my back first.  It is called a Diagnostic Lumbar Facet.  The doctor goes in with needles and injects a local anesthetic to the nerves at the facet with the hope that it will stop the pain for a few hours.  If it works then he can go back in in a few weeks and burn out the nerve roots.  That is temporary too.  They grow back in about six months.  With all my other medical conditions causing pain one less source of pain would be nice.  I'm hopeful that this will work.

Rather than drive up to my Mom's house in NC and leave my DH without a car for a week and skip out on the back appointment we are going to ride out the storm.  I'm hoping that it turns out to be nothing.  Praying that it is just going to be minor damage.  But we are going to move any possible objects that can fit in our attached shed  into it rather than make them possible flying debris.  I've also asked DH to bring in the sheets of plywood, nails and hammer just in case a window gets broken.   Not all of our neighbors will be so thoughtful to bring in their things I'm sure.

Hoping that any of my readers in the path of the storm stay safe.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Photo Dump

Curly Hair
He is MINE

First Swing Ride


Gift for E's 16th bday I bought ahead of time 111 yrs old 18kt gold

flower box garden
flowers down the line

Eily just being so darn cute
I need time to think

I said I would post photos when I got the chance.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thirteen Months and Counting

Little E turned thirteen month this past weekend.  I swear the day just flew right by unnoticed by us.  The three of us have been very busy.

E is cutting a new tooth.  This tooth is stubborn.

She has a plethora of new words.  Just yesterday she said Ice Cream.  She has also said: Duck ( she likes watching Sarah & Duck), Good God,  Good Stuff,  Damn It ( I wonder where she got that from!) and God Damn (again you can guess where she got that one) and she does say Ook (she is trying to say book).  Just yesterday I chewed J out for using the F word in Little E's presence.

We had to take her to the Pediatricians' office on Tuesday due to her wheezing and coughing.  For a couple of nice sunny days, a rarity here, we had been taking her to the playground.  Well it obviously made her allergies worse.  The doctor didn't do much for her.  She offered to put Little E on Zyrtec.  E is already on Zyrtec.  If the doctor had checked the chart she would have seen that.  E's eczema has gotten worse since going outside too.  I already put Eucerin on her.  The doctor then prescribed her, guess what, Eucerin.  Okay so why did I bother to book an appointment?  Well I did get one thing done that got overlooked from her 12 month appointment....the Lead blood draw.  Yes, the doctor at the 12 month appointment said he would put the lab in and totally forgot since he was concerned about the ridging on her nails.  I made a point of showing the doctor this time and she put in the lab draw. 

Yesterday I caught Little E trying to eat a paint chip.  Yikes!

E is now 31 1/2 inches tall and 23.2 pounds.  She can no longer fit under the dining room table with ease.

Turns out our housing wasn't built in the late 70's as we were told but in the 50's according to the workmen that come out to fix this dump apartment.  I'm still waiting for the rotting support beams on the patio and roof line to be replaced.  No one has come to look at them.  It has been three weeks since it was reported and noted on the last workman's white sheet.  I'll believe it when I have the guys in blue walking in my fenced in back yard.

The one beautiful feature in my backyard is the flower boxes I put up.  Yes I couldn't help myself.  I decided that I had to have something pretty to look at this year.  So I dug out my flower boxes and I purchased for my birthday plants!

I have pictures of E and the flowers but for some reasons I'm having troubles loading them. Maybe I'll try again another time.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wanting To Write

I've been wanting to write a blog post for some time.  But obviously I haven't until now.  Oh I have my reasons.  Primarily I'd say it is because I didn't want to dish.  But I need to vent, I need to stretch myself out to my readers who have been where I've been and where I'm going.

So here I'll go....

Having a baby is wonderful.  It has changed my marriage profoundly.  I have less: sex, sleep, food, free time, shower time, you name it time.  But I get more love from a never ending source of pure energy that will one day turn to despise me because I probably won't give her something that she has to have or she thinks she'll be ostracized from her peer group without the item.

Mainly my problem is my spouse.  The more pain I'm in the more pain he proclaims he is in.  Example: This week I've been limping about with my knee and hip issues due to the weather and he complains about sliding on the floor with socks.  He goes to sick call and has them look at this big toe.  They take an x-ray but don't think he broke it.  It isn't broke.  It barely has a violet undertone to the nail.  Barely a sprain they told him.  He needs the pity from me I guess.

My birthday was Monday.   J decided he couldn't get me a gift because he just couldn't figure out, after 12 years together, what I could possibly want, so he writes me a letter.  That very day he reneges on the promises in the letter and the next day too.  I spoke nicely in a calm and quiet manner to him about it.  He says you make me feel like Hitler.  I asked him how I made him feel like that?  He says that in an article he read recently that it is something that Hitler would have done.  I sigh at that point.  There is no point in continuing this conversation.  Oh and on my birthday I went to a place bought myself some potting soil, plants and plant hangers for the boxes I had on hand.  So far I have the planter boxes up but no plants in them.  I am working around the baby's schedule and the heat index too.

I have said to my husband that I feel as though that the more restriction my doctors place upon me that the more he resents me.  With this resentment I feel as though J decides to test me to see just how much more he can pile on me for work even though I do ask for his help.

Last night I was really tired and achey.  My hands were swollen and hurt.  No I still haven't had the carpal tunnel surgery.  Yes, the carpal tunnel in my right is severe but I said I would put it off until E is in school so that J has more time saved up.  Back to last night.  J made E fish sticks.  He cooked himself dinner and ate my take out left overs.  He didn't call me to the table.  I go into the kitchen.  I asked him if he was planning on inviting me to dinner to.  He said he didn't think of it.  So I went back to the living room.  I held my temper.  I went back into the kitchen and very nicely told him I didn't like this.  I said that, "remember how you felt at Christmas when your family didn't invite you to the table for dinner?  Remember how that made you feel when they ate without you?  Well that is how you've been making me feel each time for the past year.  When your Mom came here to help out with E when I had the surgery just after giving birth.  No one cooked for me.  I wasn't invited to the table.  You didn't make me a meal either.  When I had surgery in January again you didn't cook for me either."  He got my point.

So there I've dished.
Eily playing the bongos and playing with a drum can.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

First Birthday

My beautiful baby girl turned one year old yesterday.  We celebrated her birthday over the weekend.

She is now 22.2 pounds.  30.7 inches tall.  Her head circumference is now 18.1 inches.

Her twelfth month check up went well.  The doctor said she is very smart and has set the bar very high for other children her age to catch up to her.

Her new favorite word is "DUH".

I made both of the cakes.  Just the four of us celebrating at home plus J's parents via Skype.

As you can see Eilonwy enjoyed her cake!