Archive for October, 2006

Party at the Clubhouse.

They look so calm…

Okay, that’s more like it!

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The two E’s


Come back.

The kids are off of school today. And I’ve got lots of halloween related crafts that I want to do with them. If I was smart, I would have written a post this weekend to put up here today so you wouldn’t have to see the I feel bad post from Friday. But I’m not that smart. And I have nothing for you today – but I didn’t want anyone to think that I was huddled in bed clutching onto the last little bit of life left in my pain-ridden body. Nor did I want any are you okay phone calls, so I’m posting this bit of midless drivel to say, in a long-about-way, that I’m okay (still hurting but not dead,) and I’m busy.

Tomorrow, though, I’ve got pictures for you. So come back then.

It’s back.

So you know when I had that fever and back pain or the second time this past weekend and ended up at the urgent care clinic and also got sent to get a CT scan that said it was maybe a kidney stone that they think has already passed? Well, the fever and backache were back last night. So that kind of blows the whole it-was-a-kidney-stone-that-caused-the-pain theory right out of the water. It looks like something else is still infected, hence the fever.

So I’ve made an appointment for next week at my regular doctor and my husband and I decided that if the fever is back today or tonight, it’s back to urgent care for me – we won’t even wait for the appointment next week.

But rather than turn this whole blog into a How I’m Feeling Today blog, I’m just going to leave it at that and hope I can come up with something totally off of the subject of any illnesses to blog about later.

Happy Friday.

Test results.

After much hassle and a phone call in which I may or may not have called someone incompetent (in my defense, I didn’t really mean it. I just wanted to get her to, you know, do her job,) I have finally found out what is wrong with me. A kidney stone. Which, y’all, seems to be the thing around here. I guess I didn’t want to be left out.

At least, that’s what they think it was. Because there seems to be a small something-or-other mineral in my bladder. I’m holding the results of my CT scan here in my hands, and it says, “The possibility of a recently passed stone within the bladder must be considered.” So it’s a possibility. Bah.

But here’s something interesting, the results also show a “low density area in the anterior spleen.” Which means I’ll have to go get my spleen checked out. Because while it most probably is nothing, there is that darn possibility that it could be something.

Additionally, the results say that my lung bases, liver, pancreas, adrenal glands, kidneys, abdominal wall, lumbar spine, aorta, retroperitoneal structures, and uterus are “unremarkable”. What I think would sound much nicer is if they would say they are “quite remarkable indeed, and thankfully they have absolutely nothing wrong with them.” Heck, I’d even like it better if they said they were just “normal”. But “unremarkable” makes me feel kind of sad.

So now I’ve got to go back to my doctor and get my blood and urine retested to make sure I don’t have any more signs or infection.

Now excuse me while I go google ‘spleen’ because I have no idea what in the heck that particular organ does.

Mmmmm, candy.

Recently I ate enough candy pumpkins (think candy corn in pumpkin form) to make myself sick. You would think that being an adult would prevent me from making such an error, but no, it did not. However, like a rat in a science lab that avoids the lever that gives him an electric shock, I did draw my hand away quickly today when I automatically reached into the cabinet for some more of those pumpkins. Ah ha (!), I have learned my lesson, I thought. I know better! So instead, I reached for the candy corn. Eh, I never said I was smart.

While we’re on the subject (said subject being candy, not my lack of smarts)…

I’ve been browsing the Halloween candy aisles as of late. I’ve been doing what I call a ‘pre-shop’ in that I am seeing what is available and how much it all costs. You see, I have a dilemma on my hands. Should I buy the cheap candy and go for quantity – to be sure I have plenty of candy for the millions of trick-or-treaters that will descend upon our house? Or should I go for quality and bypass the Smarties and Dum-Dums (Ha! Those names! Do they cancel each other out?) and instead buy good chocolate? I’m not sure which is the graver offense – not enough candy or crappy candy. The decision making process has my mind just plain shutting down, and I have yet to buy anything. I’ll be the lady who goes out on Halloween night and buys whatever the heck they have left. That is my lot in life.

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And for those of you who are interested (Hi!) I have yet to get any results back from the CT Scan. So I’ll let you know when I hear something.

Pumpkins.



That’s my boy (in the middle) on his field trip to a local pumpkin farm. They also had a place where the kids did gemstone mining, a huge slide and a children’s play area, an obligatory hay ride, and ponies.

He had a wonderful time and came home with a very nice pumpkin that is now sitting in the front yard. However, the whole trip was like taking a weeks worth of allergy medicine and throwing it out the window. He was red and itchy and runny-nosed when I picked him up from school that day, and is finally just getting back to normal.

Well, his allergies don’t seem to be doing that badly, but the cold that he’s catching from his sister (who swears she’s on her death bed) is making him runny-nosed and red too. I tell you, I can’t win.

Oh, and I’ve got that pesky CT Scan today before lunch. And I can’t eat anything and have to drink 40 oz of water before the scan. Talk about kicking a person while she’s down.

(That enough complaining for you today? If not, I think I could do more…)