Sunday, March 30, 2014

I hope I'm not sick all week…

 Monday morning I woke up and I felt really rotten, my throat and my chest hurt really bad so I decided to get up and go see Dr. Owens before it got too late. Unfortunately Dr. Owens was off that day so I ended up seeing another doctor, he took a look at me and said "let's wait a week and see what happens", are you kidding me? I had to rest several times coming home and I just felt miserable the rest of the day. I was so glad when Rosa came to me to bed that I could just try to sleep it off.

Tuesday I didn't feel much better, I'm really not surprised because the doctor didn't give me anything but luckily I had some Benadryl and some of those spray. Karen came in and we did some personal care and then I just stayed in bed again for the rest of the day. I hope I can get up tomorrow because this sucks.

Wednesday I woke up not feeling any better by the other will be better to try to get up anyway just to get out. I cruised around but had to rest a lot and then when I came home my mom suggested that I go back to the doctor, and this time see my doctor. I called and got an appointment with my doctor at 4 PM, after her last appointment. She told me I had pneumonia and an upper respiratory infection. The doctor that I saw last time gave me some antibiotics but for me to wait for a week, I started taking them this morning. Dr. Owen said to finish taking the antibiotics and she gave me a machine that gives you breathing treatments and told me to do that every 4 to 6 hours. She told me to take the cough medicine that she prescribed for me at night and take Robitussin or Mucinex during the day. This is ridiculous, and are used to being sick this long. I came home and Rosa put me to bed but I fell asleep immediately mobile backup a little while ago and now I can't sleep that I can hear my lungs mumbling.

Thursday was another day stuck in bed. I was supposed to go to the Olive connection with Heather to pick out some more oils and vinegars, I love that stuff. Unfortunately I just wasn't feeling up to it, I hate being sick. We did some personal care in the morning and I couldn't wait for Rosa to come in at night so I can have a nice long hot bath, that makes everything better.

Friday guess what? You guessed it, another day in bed. Karen took the morning off and Teresa was going to come in and get me dressed so I could go to my diabetes class but she was sick and they didn't think we should be around each other so I asked the weekend morning girl and she was going to come in but then checked her schedule and wasn't able to, she had to work at her other job so I ended up rescheduling my second diabetes class and just stayed in bed. My uncle came over to see if we want to play cards later so I said sure, as long as nobody minds being around me when I'm sick. The gang all came over and we played cribbage, Lee was my partner and I ended up winning back the four dollars that I lost.

Saturday was a great day. I got up and took lobby for a nice long cruise through the neighborhoods of by the ocean to get some yard ideas for my front yard, it's so cool cruising up through there enablers are so beautiful and creative. I have found so many great ideas for my front yard cruising around up there. I came back and rested for a bit and then went to see the Derby girls with Teresa, Jess and Alex. I'm starting to get it more and more and I love it. Dr. Owens came over to say hello and see how I was doing, she was always so nice and caring. I was excited about seeing the derby girls but I felt a little strange all day, I kept thinking it was because I still wasn't feeling 100% or because of the diabetes and brushed it off… I always know I shouldn't do that but I do. I came home and me and my chair were soaked with urine, there must've been a kink in my hose and that's why I was feeling weird. We washed and disinfected everything so refreshed by Monday.

Sunday I woke up and my chest was hurting a little bit is getting harder to cough anything up so I decided to stay in bed and try some Mucinex, I heard it was really good but I didn't know if it broke the mucus down or made you cough up more so I looked it up on Amazon and check the reviews. Apparently it makes the mucus thinner and easier to cough up by even need to drink a ton of water so as I'm doing today and so far I think it's working. Lisa came in and fed Robby and I, disinfected my chair and my brace again just to make sure and fixed me a snack for later.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I think it's going to be a really hot summer…

 Monday was another amazing day, the weather is just perfect. Susan came over and gave me a very much needed massage, I always just want to stay in bed and relax after that but it was so beautiful after that I got up. Robby and I went for a cruise, our usual cruise, and again I didn't even want to come home but alas… Rosa came in and put me to bed, I had a really bad headache in just my left eye. It was annoying just because it was a constant, it would hurt for a couple of minutes and then it would stop. I took a lorazepam thinking maybe it's just stress or nerves and slept the rest of the evening.

Tuesday was another perfect day. I got up and decided to take my Google glass and go up through the neighborhoods by Westcliff Drive and take pictures of the front yards for inspiration, they are so beautiful up there. I just love wandering around and looking in all the beautiful houses and all the beautiful yards.  I also found a little park, it was just a cute little park, I went inside to take pictures and there was a couple of people there and they asked me if I wanted to check out the community garden on the other side of the park. I said no thank you and started to leave and then thought to myself "I really would like to see it" so I turned around and the guy opened up the gate for me and I couldn't believe it. It was so big and so beautiful. The lady that was there told me that it's just a great community garden where anyone can come and plant fruit and vegetables and then come back and just pick them as they please. Everything looks so hardy. I came home and rested for a while and then roast it came to put me to bed, another headache today. It's just around my left eye and above and I don't know what to do except hopefully go to sleep. Rosa came in for me to bed and we did some personal care and I got to take a nice long hot bath, which didn't help my headache but it sure was nice.

I woke up Wednesday morning about 4 AM with the same headache, I stretched my neck thinking that maybe something would pop and my headache will go away but it didn't work. When Karen came in at 7 AM we took my blood sugar and it was a little high which immediately sent me into a panic attack, I can't wait for those diabetes classes so I know what's going on in my body better. I ate and then took my medicine and I'm still feeling anxious so I took another lorazepam, I really don't want to start depending on them but when they need them they sure are nice. Needless to say I didn't get up and still have my headache throughout the day. Maybe it's because I need glasses? Maybe I'm just nervous because of the diabetes? Maybe I'm just stressed out because of everything? I hope I figure it out soon. I slept on and off most of the day and most of the night, at least I'm getting some sleep. I really wanted to go to the farmers market and get some stuff for salads but again I should wait and see with the dietitian says tomorrow.

Thursday was a really good day, it's just turning out to be a great week. Susan, the lady that does my massages on Monday, messaged me on Facebook and told me that she was going on a field trip with her youngest son to Neary Lagoon and asking if I would like to meet her there. I told her yes and then she messaged me back and asked me if I wanted to do a demonstration of what Robby does for me for the kids so I said sure. I met them down there and the kids were just amazed and thrilled at what Robby can do for me. I often see groups of kids down there and it was pretty cool to do a demonstration for them. I told them whenever they wanted a demonstration for their class to just let me know and I would be glad to either do it there at the lagoon or in the classroom. I came back home and rested for a bit and then went downtown to get my new glasses, I got a call this morning saying that they were in. I really like them, until I looked in the mirror and got a closer look at myself, so I came back home and decided I was going to find out if I could get prescription sunglasses… Maybe even just have the lenses put in my existing sunglasses. I came back home and worked with Robby for a while and then came in and rested and watch TV.  Teresa came in and we did some personal care and I got a nice long hot bath.

Friday was a little bit cold. I got up and cruise down to my first diabetes class at Dominican Hospital on Frederick Street. I left here about 9:15 AM and I got there just in time for the class, it started at 9:45 AM. It was two hours and it was very informative and I hope I can remember everything, Teresa met me down there so she could help me out. About an hour into the lecture I think somebody turned on the air conditioner because I could feel it in my neck and shoulders, note to self next time I am bringing my electric throw. By the time of meeting was over my neck, shoulders and arms were so fatigued that I had to pull over four or five times to lay back and try to relax. I finally made it home and just laid out in the sun and try to warm up. I think because I haven't been sleeping very good, all the stress and frustration with becoming a new diabetic is just getting to me. I know I need to just walk up and deal with it… That's what everybody tells me that it's not as easy as you think sometimes. Shauna came in to put me to bed and the rest of the night she heated up my rice bag in the microwave and put it behind my neck and shoulders, that felt really good. I started to relax and I was asleep before she left.

Saturday I struggled with the decision of getting out or staying in bed, if it was another day like yesterday I would just rather stay in bed but if it's going to be nice I would like to get out and get out of here. I decided to stay in bed and of course it was a really nice day. Lisa came in and got Robby and I something to eat, gave Robby a bath and did a bunch of other stuff that needed to be done. Heather came over to read me some facts about being a diabetic that she found online, it really helped a lot. I'm really lucky to have Heather because she knows about portions and what all the different kind of foods are called and their categories PLUS she is so willing to help. She said that I could send a message to Mariposa if I have any questions, she is also very knowledgeable about health and nutrition and she's an acupuncturist, not only is she an acupuncturist but she teaches it is. I always wanted to try it and I guess there's no time like the present? My aunt and uncle came over to see if I was up for playing cards later on, of course. Well handed up playing a couple of games because my uncle and aunt were exhausted, good thing because I lost both games.

Sunday looked beautiful outside, unfortunately I was stuck in bed again. Teresa was really sick last night so I texted Rosen to see if she can come in and she didn't answer me until this afternoon at noon, I don't want to get up and then don't have anybody to come and put me to bed. Lisa came in and as usual got a lot of stuff done, I like the way that she just wanders around and find stuff to do after she asks me if she's done all that I need. Rosa came in and got me something to eat, which is personal care and then I got to take a nice long hot bath. Sundays are great because I get a nice long hot bath and then on Monday morning I get a nice two hour massage. I am a little antsy, as Robby is, so I can't wait to get out of here tomorrow and hang out in the beautiful weather. My uncle and aunt cook some corned beef and cabbage, carrots and pearl onions and brought me over a plate along with a solid. I can't wait to devour that tomorrow.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Unpredictable weather again…

 Monday was another day spent in bed. I got a massage so that was good but for some reason I just couldn't keep my eyes open. Robby is doing a little bit better but now he has a bladder infection, this has to end soon? I pretty much slept all day, first I can't sleep and then I can't stop sleeping. I can't wait to get my CPAP machine, everyone says I will feel much better.

Tuesday was an awesome day. I didn't want to overdo it with Robby so we just cruised through the lagoon and down to the end of the work and back.  I ran into my friend Christoph, it is always so nice to see him. Of course I forgot my Google glass and everything was just so clear and gorgeous after the rain. I came back and hung out with Kelly and Tom for a little bit, Kelly was grilling off the last of the pizzas from Saturday and they smelled so good. Rosa came in and we did some personal care, learned how to use the glucose machine and I got to take a nice long hot bath. I hope I sleep all night like I have the past few nights.

Wednesday was a really great day. Kelly and I went to a church to do a demonstration for about 40 people who have or have family with Parkinson's. I was doing the demonstration with Allison, luckily I had met her a while before and we get along really well. Her CCI dog Jim was attacked about a year ago in a dog park and unfortunately that's how we met. Jim seems to be doing a lot better than Allison and her husband Tim are really super nice people. I didn't know this until I met them at the Summit Park for dog fest walk and roll when I met him before Allison got her dog in cost-plus and he was asking me questions about having a CCI dog. Everybody at the church was so nice and everything went great. Allison said that she was nervous but she did an awesome job. Hopefully we can start hanging out a little bit more because not only do we get along great but our two CCI dogs had such a blast. I came home and rested for a bit and Rosie came to put me to bed. We were supposed to play cards tonight but I wasn't feeling good, all of the sudden I started getting stomach cramps, so I just went to bed and rested. They played cards across the street.

Thursday was another miserable day. My stomach was cramping and burning the evening before and all day, this is getting really old. We did some more personal care hoping that would help but all it did was make me exhausted so I slept most of the day. Kelly took Robby to the vet so they could see how he's doing, he is doing good but still dragging a little bit. Teresa came by and we started figuring out a diet plan so hopefully I will be feeling better soon. I have been eating the right things but too much at one time, I need to use little meals throughout the day.

Friday over still just really tired but wanted to get up. I got up and cruise Robby through the lagoon, almost down to the lighthouse and back into the end of the wharf and back. I took a bunch of dry River rock pictures but then deleted them so I took some more. I came back and hung out in the driveway for a while and talked to Heather. Xiaona Came by to put me to bed. This was her first time doing it by herself she did an awesome job, she remembered everything. It's a good thing she remembered everything because I was really tired and pretty much slept through the whole procedure. She said that she had asked her dad about a good way to relieve gas and he said to boil some orange peels and then drink it, I hope it works. I ran into Kristoff again today on his way over to Louden Nelson Park to get lunch, I think they give out free meals. I really need to go to some really cool places so I can take some different pictures with my Google glass. I think I'm just then I have to get myself on the bus and go.

Saturday was a really great day. I got up and cruise down to the beauty supply place with Robby and to the AT&T store. When I went to get back in my chair on Monday the end of my phone holder was broken off and my phone kept trying to fall out so I got another one, now I just need to find somebody to put it back on. I bet Lisa can do it, she can do anything. I cruised back and my brother Stanley, his wife Janet and Corinne were here so we went across the street to Tom and Kelly's and hung out for a while. My caregiver came and put me to bed, did some of my laundry and even stitched up a couple of holes in my yoga pants… What a nice surprise. I can't believe I'm getting so lucky with these wonderful caregivers, if they try to quit I will kill them. We had some pot roast, white potatoes, Nepali and pickled red onions that Kelly made for dinner… Needless to say it was fantastic and I had two helpings. Luckily we checked my blood sugar and it was in the normal range. All yeah I had six pieces of popcorn and one raspberry truffle. I feel pretty good, no stomachache or gas pain… Maybe this eating good is not as bad as they say? We all played cribbage and have a lot of fun and I lost a lot of money.

Sunday was another great day. Corinne and I were going to get up and go to a movie, she has seen the movie Frozen about a dozen times but wanted to see it again… I haven't seen it but wanted to. I got up and I was just about ready when I realized that we hadn't set the clocks forward for daylight savings time and we just missed the movie, of course the next one was at 3 PM and my caregiver was supposed to get here at 4 PM. We decided to just go cruising around Santa Cruz and I took some pictures of her and some pictures of a memorial that they made at the police station, it was so beautiful. We cruised down to the wharf and came back and took a nap. My brother, sister-in-law and Corinne are getting to ready to go home, it was a really nice visit. Teresa came in and we did some personal care I got to take a nice long hot bath.