Thursday, September 27, 2018

One more week until we can unpack the Halloween decorations;

Monday was a pretty long day. Karen came in and we did some personal care and a nice long hot bath and I decided to stay in bed, I wasn't feeling well and I have a pressure sore. It's weird but when you get a pressure so it really messes with your mood, I just wanted to stay in bed, watched TV and goes on and off. Rosa came in and fed everybody and then my uncle, my aunt, my mom, Claudia and I played cribbage. I almost got skunked. I fell asleep right after everybody left.

Tuesday started out to be a great day. Cindy came in and got me up after she fed the fur crew.  The Woofpack came to get Dude for his hike with the pack. I had an appointment with Jennifer to get a facial and Robby had an appointment with the vet tech at Westside Animal Hospital to get a blood and urine sample. After my appointment I cruised down to the wharf and then came back home to hang out in the yard for a while with Robby, he just loves laying around the yard and watching what goes on in the neighborhood. They brought Dude back and we were all cooling down inside when I got a text from Rosa saying "I forgot I have an appointment at 4 PM so I will be over after" this is the second time in a row that she left me waiting around and I was so frustrated and upset, my aunt came in and I told her what was going on. This is the second Tuesday in a row that she has left me waiting around, frustrated and upset so my aunt said we need to get together and talk about it. I texted Cindy so she could come by and help her mom understand why I'm so upset and as they usually do they both started talking every time I started to say something and cut me off, luckily my aunt was there and didn't let them do it and I think we finally got everything settled. I am always a little afraid to say anything because it's really awkward to have an argument with somebody and then they have to address you and put you to bed but then I and the fuming about it day and night for the next couple days, that just doesn't seem fair to me?

Wednesday was a pretty good day. Susan came and gave me a really nice two-hour massage. Karen came in and we did some personal care and of course a nice long bath. She got me dressed and open my chair while the groomer was grooming the boys outside. I took Robby for a cruise down to the wharf and back, I dropped off Robby and picked up Dude And we cruised through Depot Park, down to the end of the wharf and back, down to the end of the boardwalk... Actually, the end of the boardwalk was blocked off and they had security because I guess they're still filming the movie The Transformers and they were doing a scene on the beach. It tilted back in my chair in the shade and watched for a little while, how exciting! I haven't seen the first two movies but I will definitely see this one just because it was filmed here at the wharf/Boardwalk. I'm so mad that I can't get my Google glass to work because this would've been some really good memorable pictures. I cruised back home and Rosa came in and put me to bed after she fed the crew. I watched TV for a while and eventually drifted off to sleep.

Thursday was a pretty good day. Karen came in and got me up and I took Robby for a cruise down to the wharf and back. Dude and I took off for my appointment downtown with Carol, as I was cruising down the sidewalk in front of the Salvation Army there was this old gentleman in a wheelchair coming towards me and I remember thinking "how cute, he looks like Santa Claus" that's when he looked up and started yelling at me "get the hell out of my way, I'm just as disabled as you are and where do you expect me to go?" Although there was enough room for him to move over to the left and we could've cruised by I thought it better to just turn around and go out into the street and around him. I was in the bike lane but I really hate having my dogs on the outside where the traffic is zooming by, I was so angry and I couldn't think of anything else for a while. I decided to cruise around downtown for a little bit to try and calm down and I thought I heard somebody talking to me but I wasn't really in the mood to talk so I kept on walking and I heard a lady say "excuse me" I stopped and turned around and this really sweet lady came up to me and said "do turning these kinds of dogs?" I said "no I got them from Canine Companions for Independence in Santa Rosa" and she said "oh, I saw you walking earlier with another white one and know you have a black one" I explained to her that the white one is retired and that the one I have with me I have had for a year. I felt a little better having somebody be nice to me so I cruised inside the building to wait for Carol, the elevator is too small so she usually walks Dude upstairs and I meet her and get on the elevator. I came to the door and I was leaning back and somebody came in behind me and said "hi Tammie" I turned and looked and there was Andrei, it's always so good to see him. He said that he saw me so followed me in to say hello, totally made my day! He said he was looking downtown for something for his wife, their 40th anniversary is coming and he wanted to get her something special. We talked for a while and I told him I was having a Halloween party and he said he would try to make it, I met his daughter before when I ran into them at Costco but I have never met his wife. He is such a character I can imagine that his wife is also, I hope I get to meet her. We cruised down towards Depot Park and to the wharf but it was so hot that I decided it was better to turn around and head for home. It was only 1:00 PM so I had a really long wait until Rosa gets here at 5 PM so the boys and I took turns sitting outside and then cooling off inside. Heather came in and we talked for a little bit and she grabbed some empty containers and she was going to go home and whip me up some outrageous food and bring it by in the morning. I keep saying it but I'm so excited to have Heather back cooking for me again. came in and fed the crew and then put me to bed and fed me. Whenever I get overheated I'm always exhausted when I cool down so I went right to sleep.

Friday was a pretty good day. Karen came in and we did some personal care and an awesome nice long hot bath after she fed the furry critters. I took Robby for a nice long cruise through Depot Park, over to the wharf, over in front of the boardwalk and back home. He has been doing really well the last couple of days and I love it! I love seeing him trotting along beside me while I'm in my chair and looking up at me, she just looks so happy to be out. I brought him back, I didn't want to overdo it and got Dude and we cruised through Depot Park, down to the end of the wharf and back, down to the end of the boardwalk and back, back down to the end of the wharf again and back home. As I was cruising home down the wharf I heard somebody say "Tammie?" And when I looked at her she said my name again with a question in her face. I said yes and recognized her immediately, I ran into her a couple times... Once she came to my house with a high school friend and the other was at the music in the park in Los Gatos. We were talking for a few minutes And the lady that she was with said: "you live on Walti Street don't you?" I told her I did and she said that her daughters Mycah and Ayla grew up on the street and used to hang out with my nieces, what a small world?? We talked some more for a while and then we cruised home. Theresa came in and fed everyone and put me to bed and after she left I just watched some TV for a while hoping to drift off to sleep soon.

Saturday was a rotten miserable day. I woke up about 2 AM with cold sweats and a really bad headache, I thought it was just a really really bad anxiety attack and waited until about 4 PM and didn't go away so I called my mom to see if she could get me a lorazepam. She did but it didn't help at all. Cindy came in and after she fed the kids I told her I was feeling really awful and when she looked my bed was soaked, I didn't even think of it being my bladder. We called my mom down to help and they changed everything because everything was soaked. My mom walked her through changing my SP tube and after a while, my body settled down and I felt better, I really thought I was on my way to urgent care with a nasty UTI. I texted Theresa and she agreed to come in early and try some personal care. I was supposed to go to a concert at the Saratoga Mountain winery with Trish, we were going to see cheap trick and Ann Wilson and I was so upset that I couldn't go but I knew I would just be miserable the whole time. I texted Trish and asked her she could find a friend to go with and gave her the tickets. I also had tickets to the mountain sol in Felton and although it was a three-day ticket I was just going to go on Saturday and Sunday, I gave those tickets to Trish also. After we did personal care and a nice long hot bath I felt much much better and fell asleep almost immediately.

Sunday was a much better day. I texted Trish and see if she wanted to take the boys for a cruise, she wanted to go to the concert in Felton but just to see the last two bands that were going to play. Instead, she asked me if I wanted to go in the afternoon for a couple of hours and I was thrilled! When we got there we found out it was $70 for one day and we were only going to stay for three hours so we decided to sit outside the fence of the concert and actually it was really nice, it was a really hot day but we found a really nice place in the shade where there was no sun and a nice breeze. We came back home after the second set and Theresa was here waiting to put me to bed, I am so glad Trish talked me into going! Next year I'm going all three days.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Halloween is getting closer, looking for ideas…

Monday was a pretty good day. Karen came in and we did some personal care and of course a nice long hot bath. I stayed in bed and rested all day, I'm still not feeling hundred percent. I wish I could have slept on and off all day but I couldn't fall asleep so I just watch TV and explored on the computer. Rosa came in and fed everybody. My uncle, my aunt, my mom and Claudia and I played cribbage but not for very long because everybody was tired.

 Tuesday was a pretty good day. Cindy came in and got me up after she fed everybody. The Woofpack came to get Dude so I took Robby for a cruise to the wharf and back, I know he likes to go out and cruise but I don't know how long he can handle, he starting to show his age. Is he just use to his job being by my side or does he really feel good and want to go?? I wish I could read his mind and body and know how he feels. Cindy took me over to the hospital to get my hand x-rayed, it was a little bit more swollen today. I had her drop me off at the parking lot in Depot Park so I could cruise down to the end of the wharf and back home to greet Dude and hang out in the yard a bit with the boys. Rosa came in and got me something to eat, my mom fed the fur babies earlier. I haven't been on Pinterest for a while and I'm looking for ideas to decorate for Halloween, I'm so excited!! My Google glass decided to quit working, I hope it's only for a couple of days like usual.

Wednesday was a really great day.  Karen came in and fed everybody and then got me up and got the boys ready for a trip to Los Gatos Lions Club. Jan from the Los Gatos Lions Club invited me to their monthly meeting and asked me to bring Robby and Dude, they helped me get Robby back in 2009 and we used to go there every year so they can continue to see how incredible their participation and donations have helped until I lost touch with Jan. We made plans a few times but something always happened and I was so excited that we were finally going to get to see them again and they can meet Dude. I asked my aunt if she could take us because it's 12 o'clock in the afternoon in Los Gatos and I didn't have anybody else to drive. It was really nice to see everybody again and of course, everybody remembered Robby and was so thrilled to meet Dude. Marv, a gentleman that I met at the support groups in Santa Clara Valley medical Andrew got together a couple of times, was also there and hoping to talk to me about getting a successor dog. He got a dog a little while after I got Robby and it was time and he was just wondering how the transition went from working dog to retired dog with a new dog taking over. He sounded like he was doing everything right to transition Yara, is working service dog, into retirement but it's always a little sad because I guess you never really know if the dog is okay with it or not. They always have a really nice lunch and then Marv told how he got the dog and how much he and the dog do for the community which is a lot, he started an organization called Day of Discovery where he teaches children with different abilities how to scuba dive. Can you believe he is a paraplegic anti-scuba dives?? He also does a lot of other amazing things. Then it was my turn and of course, I fumbled through what I wanted to say and then my aunt took the microphone and added her view, she is always so much more levelheaded, doesn't get nervous and always is the right thing. After the meeting we talked for a little bit and then came home in time for Rosa to come in and put me to bed, I was just exhausted more mentally than physically because I still get a little nervous and I'm so glad it's over. After she fed everybody I watched some TV until I drifted off.

Thursday was another pretty good day. Karen came in and got me up after she fed the fur babies and I took Robby for a short cruise over to the wharf and back, he looks like he's feeling better but the vet still only wants him to go on short cruises and only go with the Woofpack on Saturday where they just hang around in somebody's backyard until they find out why his white blood count is so low. He gets so excited when they come to pick them up on Saturday and so sad when they come and only get Dude on Tuesdays. Dude and I took off downtown for my appointment with Carol. It went by really fast and I took off a little bit early because I have to be back home by noon for my appointment with somebody from advanced blinds and shades, the shades that they sold me when I moved in here went out of stock and are starting to fall down. I went down to the showroom and picked out a color and style so all he needed to do was measure and let me know when they come in. I picked blackout shades that open both from the bottom and the top and also I will be able to open them and close them with Amazon echo which is awesome! The guy was really nice and got everything measured and I even asked him to put something light and inexpensive in the garage. I cruised around with dude for a while and then came back home and hung around outside with the boys until Rosa came in to feed everybody and put me to bed. She fed me and I think I was out before she left.

Friday was a pretty good day. Karen came in and after she fed the four babies we did some personal care and a nice long hot bath. She got interested up in my chair and I took Robby for a cruise down to the wharf and back and then he hung out on his favorite couch looking out the front window. Dude and I took off for a cruise through Depot Park, to the end of the wharf and back and then through downtown to my appointment with Jessica to get my hair done. This was a new place for her and it was pretty nice, lots of room. Of course, Dude was a big hit, he is so goofy he just makes everybody laugh. After I got my hair done we cruised back down to the wharf and that I got a call from my friend Elizabeth and her and her friend Kelly were almost to my house, they were coming to visit for dinner and to hang out for a couple of hours. We decided to go down to the Mexican restaurant a couple blocks down and get some food and bring it back here to eat in the backyard and catch up, I just love my backyard. The time went by way too fast and Theresa came in to feed the boys and girl and put me to bed. I watched TV until I fell asleep.

Saturday was a pretty good day. Karen came in to work for Cindy because Cindy had the weekend off. After she fed the crew the Woofpack came to get Dude for the Saturday play date, Robby looked so heartbroken being left behind so she asked if she could take and I said sure... All they do is sit around in the backyard and play if they want so I felt it was harmless. There wasn't really anything for me to do so I ended up staying in bed and resting all day, it felt good and I didn't feel guilty staying in bed because the dogs were off having a good time. Theresa came in and we did some personal care and a nice long hot bath, such a nice way to relax and fall asleep.

 Sunday was a really good day.  Karen came in and got me up after she fed the crew. My aunt decided that she was going to cook A full-blown Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings and it sounded so good. My cousin Rich, his friend Sue and his two daughters Luana and Melia also came over and we had such a delicious dinner. Theresa came in and put me to bed and I had a really good evening watching TV and just relaxing until I fell asleep.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Kevin coming to visit…

Monday was a really good day. I met this really nice lady that works in the toll booth in front of the wharf, just from seeing her when I drive by there, we decided one day to get together and have coffee and today was the day. Karen came in and fed the crew and then fed me, dressed me and got me up in my chair. Since it's a holiday the Woofpack didn't come to get Robby, he wasn't going to be able to go anyways because he's still in some kind of pain… The doctor supposed to call me tomorrow and let me know what kind of anti-inflammatory been going to put him on for his arthritis pain. He's also had a long history of low white length cell count so they're sending that over to a specialist to find out what's wrong with my poor boy. I took Dude and went for a cruise about halfway down the wharf before I met with Lo, we had coffee and talked for about an hour and found out we have a lot in common… She was really easy to talk to. We decided to go for a cruise down to the end of the wharf and back, we ran into Vince and talk to him for a while. When we got down to the end of the wharf Lo got a text from a friend of hers that said she was waiting at her house for her, she lives right across the street from the wharf… So cool! I told her I was going to go ahead and go so I can get some exercise for Dude and as I was on my way back home to legally get some water my cousin Kevin texted me and said him and Chris were leaving San Francisco early and wanted to come by for dinner, ever going to come later and stay and have breakfast with us but of course the more we can see them the happier we are. I texted my aunt to see if her and my uncle wanted to go out to get something to eat for dinner but we decided we have a lot of stuff here to just barbecue, Kevin is an excellent cook/barbecuer/Bartender. I had a big hunk of filet mignon in the refrigerator and a bunch of green beans from my aunts garden, the neighbors came over with some zucchini and my aunt and uncle had some fruit and salads so we had a really nice dinner. Just as we were finishing up eating Rosa came in and I said goodnight to everyone and to put me to bed. I was pretty tired so I think I was out before Rosa left.

Tuesday was a pretty good day. Cindy came in and got me dressed and up in my chair after she spent the crew, I got up just as Kevin and Chris were getting ready to leave… It was a short visit but so nice thinking by. The Woofpack came to get Dude and Cindy and I cruised over to Ross to see what they have for Halloween, I'm having a party and I wanted to get some tablecloths, table runners and I ended up getting a couple more decorations just because I couldn't stop myself. Robby and I went for a short cruise down to Depot Park and back, the vet said not too much exercise until we find out what's really wrong with him. We hung out in the driveway for a while and Heather came over to cooked for the next couple of days. Mariposa came by to give me some acupuncture, I was so wound up from everything that's been happening and it felt so great to just relax. Cindy told me that Rosa would be in at five and she didn't show up until 6:10 PM, I could've had my mom put my shoes back on and cruised around for a little while longer so I was a little upset. We got into it a little bit when she got here but I was just too tired and wanted to go to bed and eat.

Wednesday was another pretty good day. Susan came in and I got a nice long massage, I think I was half asleep the whole time. Karen came in and we did some personal care and a nice long hot bath, I was ready for the day. She got me dressed and up in my chair and I took Robby for a cruise over to Depot Park and back, they were setting up for the Ironman triathlon that's going to happen on Sunday. Usually, I try to stay away from the boardwalk and wharf on weekends but Sunday is going to be so crowded it will be hard to get around everywhere so I might just stay in bed. Dude and I took off for a cruise over to the end of the wharf and back, a Long Beach St., down to the end of the boardwalk and back, back down to the end of the wharf and back and then home. It feels so great to be out and about again. We cruised back home and Rosa came in to feed everyone and put me to bed, I was a little more relaxed and watched some TV and then listen to some music until I went to sleep.

Thursday was another pretty good day. Karen came in and got me up and in my chair and I called Watchdog Security to see if they could come and look at my security system, it was already put in when the house was built but a year or so ago the company that installed it went out of business so instead of trying to look around I just went with AT&T security but they are really hard to get a hold of and last time they came to fix a beeping noise they told me I would have to find another security company to take care of my windows… When you take off the screens there's a wire that's supposed to set off the alarm. The lady that answered the phone at Watchdog Security was so nice and helpful and she could hear the beeping in the background so she came over and turned my system off, you just don't get customer service like that anymore so I decided to have them take care of my security. She said everything looks like a mess and they would have to redo everything, I had a feeling that's what you would say because it's just a mess with wires going everywhere. It's going to be really nice to have it working reliably. Dr. Logantheti called me and said Robby's white blood cell count is still really high and she has a friend that specializes in that field so she's going to talk to her friend and see if they can figure out why. She prescribed some anti-inflammatory medication for him that we can use only when he needs it, they take such good care of my boys… I just love them all! I took Robby down to pick up his medication and weigh him to see how he's doing, he's gained weight and looks like he feels great. I came back home and rested for a bit and then took Dude out for a cruise around the ballpark because they're sending up soccer field to store everybody's bicycles for part of the race on Sunday. We cruised down to the end of the wharf and back, over to the boardwalk and back, back down to the end of the wharf begin and home.  While we were at the boardwalk we practiced some commands.  I got a message yesterday from Jan, she asked me to come to Los Gatos Lyons lunch and help them celebrate one of the guys in charge getting a puppy named after him and they wanted to see Robby again and meet Dude. They helped me out to expedite my application when I got Robby and we used to go there about once a year to do a demonstration but I lost touch with her for a while, I can't wait to see her and everybody else again… They are all such sweet people and already love Robby and I know they will love Dude. I noticed this morning that my right hand was really swollen and hot so I took a Benadryl and by the time we got back there was no change so I took a couple more, I don't know if I hit it on something or if I got bit by something. I ran into to my friend Lo and talk to her for a couple minutes and then cruised home so we could hang out in the driveway for a while before Rosa came in but Dude went straight to his kennel and laid down and Robby stayed in the living room so I just hung out and watched TV.

Friday was a pretty good day, really busy. Karen came in and we did some personal care and a nice long hot soothing relaxing bath. I took Robby for a cruise over to Depot Park and back, the vet wants him to relax more but he always wants to jump in and go. I love that guy so much! Theresa came in early to take me to doctors appointments, I was glad that I had an appointment so I can show her my hand because it's really weird… It's swollen but there's no bite marks or bruises or anything so I don't know what's wrong. It's time for my yearly physical so now I get to go through all those appointments again, getting old to such an adventure. It was really nice to see Dr. Owens again and she gave me a prescription to get my hand x-rayed but I have another appointment that day so will have to wait until Monday. My second appointment was Dr. Hurray, I always love seeing him and so does Dude. He said everything looks great and see you again in three months. My Google glasses not working again so I did gets take any pictures. Unfortunately, there are no more concerts on the beach so I'm just going to go to bed early and rest. We came home and Theresa fed everybody and put me to bed. I just watched TV for a while.

Saturday was not such a good day. I woke up and almost decided to go get my hand x-rayed but I was invited to a get-together and I really wanted to go.  Cindy came in and got me up and ready for the day. After I got up and took Robby for a little cruise my stomach was feeling scratchy and queasy so I decided to just go back to bed. We ended up doing some personal care and a nice long hot bath and after I went to bed we put an ice pack on my hand. I just watched TV and try not to use my right hand but that's the hand I use for my mouse and I just can't seem to stop using it.

Sunday was a pretty good day. I felt a lot better today. Cindy came in and got me up and Dude to and I wait for a cruise with Trish and Mr. Bean. We started to cruise through Depot Park but today is the Ironman triathlon and it was crazy so we turned around and decided to cruise downtown. We stop by the bookstore and she got a book and then we cruised through the antique fair and the Greek Festival, I need to cruise around downtown more often because I'm always missing something. It looks like they were just setting up for the Greek Festival so we didn't get anything to eat. We cruised back home and I remembered that the Capitola Art and wine festival was today, I just wanted to get a couple of wine glasses but it was going on for three days and by the time we got there they were out. We cruised around for a while and listen to the music. I manage Sacha and a guy that I used to run into all the time on the segued towards down by the wharf, I think his name is Bill. I ran into another girl but for the life of me I couldn't remember her name, I wish my memory was better. We cruised home and she put me to bed and I watched TV for a while before I was out.