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Tofurkey time already? [Nov. 21st, 2011|04:11 pm]

Feels like just yesterday was Halloween -

We use our trusty scary Jack-O-Lantern from a craft fair years ago - it's made out of a recycled propane tank
Gave out psychedelic squishy spiders & flashing rings & I found these Pez dispeners on sale & gave them out as well. My parents get over 100 kids trick or treating, & we usually get around 40. I wouldn't be so generous with the treats if we got 100 kids haha

I've been so fortunate to stay hospital free so far this year, but I still have nutritional challenges that come with the abdominal surgeries. My hematologist said I needed Iron IV treatments as well as B12 shots. IV's are a real challenge because my veins are so fried & teeny tiny. This is what happens if you blow a vein mid-Iron transfusion

the discoloration was only temporary, but it freaked me out a bit at first. None of the nurses had seen that before & Leigh told them "the vein blew" My Dr. was called in & she said "yeah, the vein blew" - Leigh wondered "Why don't they listen to me"? haha, they should - after all the medical stuff he has done in the past 5 years, he has become a bit of an expert.

I did get some unexpected positive health news. I had a battery of tests done & asked about my cholesterol - because I had no idea if it was good or not. My Dr. told me I had the best level of "Good cholesterol" that she had seen! Yay!

I've enrolled Kaz in obedience class in hopes that I can use him for dog therapy visits. I remember how much I enjoyed the visiting pet therapy dog when I was at my sickest (2006 in a dreadful acute care facility - my roommate died when I was there - & my health deteriorated drastically in my short 2 week stay.)

I guess I'm guardedly optimistic about my future - A bad cold knocked me down for about a week - I try to encourage my inlaws to exercise with me a few times a week. It's nothing intensive, but it I think it is helpful. Unfortunately, I had to take my father in law to the Emergency Room last week because his blood pressure was crazy high & he was disoriented. He's now in a nursing home for physical/occupational therapy - so please send some healing thoughts & vibes his way.

Please also send some loving prayers out my brother's way - My nephew Nick passed away suddenly in July & his birthday is coming up. They are in my thoughts every day & it's hard for me to imagine anything being worse than a sudden & unexpected loss.


Kaz & Tobey.... =^.^=


[User Picture]From: tetsuowl
2011-11-21 11:01 pm (UTC)
yikes--your poor arm!!!

but congrats on your star-quality cholesterol level! :D

All your family are in my thoughts--and such sweet dogs..
xoxo *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: oneeyedcat
2011-11-22 03:54 am (UTC)
sending peace, blessings, well wishes and good vibes to all.

it's not pleasant when your veins do that, mom had the same problems with her veins, no matter how many times it happened it's still a startling thing to see.

what an awesome doggie!
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[User Picture]From: hydeist_wannabe
2011-11-22 05:06 am (UTC)
ah! a cat version of that pez set would be perfect for my bro-in-law (he loves collecting them)
good to hear you getting positive news from a dr visit! i hope your father in law recovers quickly-and i'll keep my thoughts aimed for you continuing this hospital-stay free trend :)
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[User Picture]From: cleobatya
2011-11-22 05:34 am (UTC)
wowie you are generous with the trickortreaters. I would definitely stop by your house (and then take my costume off and return for round two!).

Those veinlets look bad...I had to have some blood taken a few weeks ago and they had a hard time with the veins which was distressing (plus I fainted which was yucky).

It's great to hear that you've been out of the hospy this year, that your cholesterol is good. Keep the good news coming.

I hope your father in law mends, and your brother finds the strength to get through this hard day...

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[User Picture]From: a_deux_vitesses
2011-11-23 09:39 pm (UTC)
This year has being going by so fast...

Aw, those Pez dispensers are really cute, your trick-ot-traters were really lucky :)

Omg, that looks really painful! But it's great that your cholesterol level is so good and I hope your hspital-stay free year continues~

My best wishes for you and your family.
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[User Picture]From: vamprose
2011-12-03 03:48 pm (UTC)
Keeping you and your family in my thoughts. I remember when you were in and out of hospitals so much... I'm so glad you've been home.
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