Marilee J. Layman

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February 6th, 2013

07:15 pm: More Excitement

I went to the Kaiser Fair Oaks office on Thursday to have my knee checked, but I had a massive headache. I got put into an ambulance, taken to a not-very-local hospital, and had tests for a stroke eval. They think I'm probably okay. Yesterday was the first day without more headaches, so I went grocery shopping today and it was almost a disaster. I had to ask for help here and there and in the end, one of my Mexican neighbors, who doesn't speak English, carried everything indoors all at once. She's a small woman, I'm surprised she made it.

I think I may have to talk to the city and find out if there are people I can hire to do stuff for me.

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January 27th, 2013

08:51 pm: My Arthritis is Eating My Knee

Or something similar:

Yesterday I woke up, moved so my feet were over the side of the bed, put my hands on the bed and pushed. When I stood up, my left knee buckled and hurt like crazy. Fortunately, I managed to fall backwards onto the bed.

I keep my quad cane right there by the bed and after using it for a while, it was obvious that I could go about 17 yards without my knee buckling again. I called Kaiser advice and they said I had to come in within 24 hours. There's no way I could get in the van like this, so I called friends from the book club and they took me. The doctor said to wear a brace until I see the ortho (but I couldn't wear it in their car, and I can't get it to stay up here -- I think because my upper leg is a lot bigger than the lower -- so I'm not using it). He gave me a couple of meds and made an appt, without asking me, for Tuesday at 9:30am. I can't get up and be functional that early, and the husband half of my friends has to work every day, so we decided I'd call tomorrow (7am) and try to rebook. I'd also like to see the ortho I'd seen in September. If the appt I get doesn't work for the wife, maybe their oldest son, who is just out of college and doesn't have a job yet will be able to take me.

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January 24th, 2013

07:28 pm: Junie Can Open Doors!

I tried to post this yesterday, but the circle just kept going around. I was in the kitchen and saw her reaching up to the workroom door -- where her balls sometimes go under the door. I saw her actually get it open and dashed as quickly as I could and yelled and she came out. I told her she couldn't go in and she complained thoroughly. I've made a little yarn cover for the knob and she yelled even more when she found it, and that she can't move it, so that's okay now. I can still just put more pressure on it and open the door.

I hadn't planned to post about this: I just set the temp in the condo lower so I can nap and after a few minutes, I felt really hot. The temp was 84 on the thermostat. I turned it off, waited a bit, and turned it back on. I set it again to cool and 70 and a minute later, it was 86. I opened a couple of windows just a bit and turned the thermostat off. Now, 15 minutes later, it shows 81. The little clock on the desk says it's 77 here, but it's closer to both windows. I'm going to stay awake a bit and see if turning it back on and having the right setting will work. Otherwise, I'll call the company that put this one in. It'll cost more at night, but we're going to be 12F tonight and I really need something that works.

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January 15th, 2013

12:39 am: Good News for Loki!

The vet called me today and told me that both the existing shoulder lump and the new jaw lump are benign basal cell cysts! She said if he gets anesthetized for something, I should see if they have time, etc., to take these off, but there isn't any reason to take them off now. I need to watch them and him and if anything odd happens, I should bring him back.

I had another strange change that I forgot to post yesterday -- while I was in the bathroom on Friday, looking in the mirror closely, I saw what looked like a hair that was both silver and brown. I carefully pulled it out to see if I was right, and it was even more strange -- the brown was in the middle and the silver was at both ends!

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January 14th, 2013

01:52 am: Strange Changes

First of all, I'm having a lot of trouble eating. Many days I just have a few crackers. It makes me lose weight, but fortunately, it's only caused one kidney problem. Thus, my primary doctor set me up with an appointment for Nutrition on Thursday. I'm pretty sure that telling me what to eat isn't going to get me to where I can eat more, but I'm willing to try. The last two weeks, I've been sleeping a lot more than being up, and I suspect I just don't have enough protein.

I told that doctor that I think I now have frozen shoulder on right, too (because I have to get a new referral for the opposite limb) and she decided it was just a bad muscle. I also told her I think I have sciatica -- took me forever to figure out what all that was -- and she said probably, but to get better from both of those, I had to lose weight. I reminded her that in the last two months, I'd lost 16 pounds and that was probably about the most I should lose, especially when I'm not trying. She didn't answer, just printed out my summary and booking confirmation. The next time I'm in -- probably for labs on Tuesday -- I'm going to ask the phlebotomist how I talk to the doctor's supervisor.

Loki turned up with a large lump on the back of his left jaw last Sunday (6th) and since the only mobile vet in the area wouldn't look at the two lumps that he's had since he's been here, I had to figure out what to do. I called the Emergency Vet and talked to one of the assistants who suggested a vet office that was pretty close (and has a lot of real equipment) and then said I would have to figure out how to get him there. After 8am Monday, I called two friend/neighbors and one said she would come with me that day (the other had the flu -- I've heard it said that it's the plague here, but I'm okay).

It was great that Susie carried Loki in the carrier, but I haven't sat up straight in a wooden chair for 2.5 hours for a long time and when we got home, I let him out and sat in the recliner to rest a few minutes. I woke up 90 minutes later and then went to bed. I ended up spending most of Tuesday in bed, too, because of the pain and trouble moving.

I had them trim his claws (and got a discount for his being a Good Kitty), the vet examined him, and then aspirated all three lumps. She said we'd hear back from Path on Wednesday. Near the end of their day, I called and the assistant told me that the one on the top of his head was just sebaceous, no problem, but both of the other two (which might be the same thing) had some small amounts of different bits in them. We could bring him back in on Friday. Susie called and asked about Loki and I told her. She volunteered to take him herself and I thanked her like crazy. I called and told the assistant that I wasn't coming, but could be called. On Thursday morning, Loki's lump was about half the original size and had moved to the underside of the back of the jaw; the vet agreed when those two were aspirated again on Friday. I probably can't hear back until Tuesday.

So many things happened recently and now I have a batch of them this week! I hope I get an answer about Loki this week, and if not and he has to go back, I'll ask Susie to take him. When we get this finished, I'll ask about taking her to lunch or dinner (she doesn't work anymore) because as much as I know she likes to care for cats, I owe her something for this.

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December 22nd, 2012

12:35 am: Heading to Better

I'm eating a bit and drinking a lot. I've slept two nights without being wet and salty when I wake up. I took more labs today, so I hope to have the results of those soon.

The awful child upstairs with the giant dog has acquired a baby dog. I'm guessing that's why the big female dog has been quieter recently. It's a very cute baby dog, but my neighbor can't handle it yet and therefore is letting that one and the big one eliminate all over in front of our doors, on either side of the ramp.

I called our manager and he said he'd send her a letter and she should have gotten it yesterday. When I got the paper yesterday, I saw that someone had stepped on a large batch of stool (accidentally in the dark, I assume) and had then scraped it off on the edge of her side of the stoop. I emailed the manager yesterday and hope he'll notice that means two counts. Three means he can start having her pay higher condo fees. I don't think there's any way to make her move, particularly since her mortgage is underwater.

I have Peapod bringing food very early on Sunday and I may just stay up and then nap when it gets light enough to open the shades. I got more types of things than I usually would, but I think they'll be easier to eat; more like appetizers.

I'm used to doing a lot of shopping online and I want you guys to know that I will never try that with Staples and Ulta again. They each kept having problems with taxes/shipping and I had to keep starting over.

I'm going to take the tea from the machine and get it set up in the fridge and go to bed. I hope your days are good!

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December 11th, 2012

04:08 pm: More About Being Sick

We checked a lot of things and decided to do extra checking on UTI. The results came four days later, so the doctor had me start a traditional med -- cipro -- the day after the tests. I was still having problems (shaking, sweating and producing salt, fevers), so when the results from the UTI came on Monday and it turned out to be a particularly bad kind, with which cipro doesn't work, I was given a new med. I also had to set the audiology test for Thursday, so I hope I am completely stopped with the shivering by then.

I just got email to take a survey on my meeting with the otolarengologist, which I took, but they didn't have options for not taking the test.

My bedding is very salty and when I stop sweating, I'll have to put other stuff on before I take off and wash what's there now.

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December 4th, 2012

01:07 pm: A minute or two...

I've been a lot sicker again, going to miss getting labs & meds today and going to the condo annual meeting tonight, but I'll manage.

I now have four books I've read to talk about here, but instead:

I was looking for something on Amazon early last Tuesday and right there on the front page, they had Kindle Fire (not HD) for $30 off -- $129. I shut my eyes and bought it. It's supposed to come sometime in the next week, but I've been reading about it. I'm having more and more pain holding things and while I like reading on my basic Kindle, the Fire will let me read more things, and since I have Premium (have had for two years, a good deal), I'll get a lot of things to read/watch/etc. free.

Oh, I had my hair cut four inches last Thursday, and it's back to about the same length as this picture, but, like I thought, there's almost no curls. I think I'm changing back like I was before the second renal failure in 1990.

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November 17th, 2012

01:05 am: Asimov's January 2013

Williams talks about Mars authors, and tells us her favorite is Ray Bradbury.

I liked all of these, which is unusual, so I will just connect you to the TOC.

My very favorite, though, was "Hotel" by Suzanne Palmer, and I see that Williams liked it enough to let you read the beginning of it.

The cover is really gorgeous and is a Whelan Mars, although it's not directly related to the story.

(I have three more books to talk about, but I still have those at home, the Asimov's is going to bookgroup tomorrow.)

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November 10th, 2012

04:58 am: Still Here --

I'm not staying on long enough now to get all the spam, sorry. I wish our directors would stop letting the spammers post.

I'm having even new pain -- my left knee collapsed last night and I've slept since then and am now using my cane. The cats have never seen the cane used and they're very interested in why it's moving around attached to me.

We didn't have any problems with Sandy -- my DISH didn't even stop -- but it was really awful to see what was happening up north.

I hope you guys are all fine!

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