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Marilee J. Layman

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03:05 am: Doctor, Sheets, Lift Recliner

I hadn't realized it was this long. I've had a busy week and moved tomorrow's mammogram so I have a day at home and I can sleep longer.

Sunday -- I felt itching on two places on my right leg -- they were big, amazingly pink, and very itchy. The primary doctor said she thought they were allergies and I thought and thought and then remembered that when I took those pants off Sunday night, there was a dryer sheet inside. I must be allergic to the actual sheet. The normal type of sheets had a change; it's hard to find lavenderish & green sheets, and I bought a set seven years ago for when one of the two I've had gets too damaged. One of those two was like that, so it went to the trash and I washed the new one and put it on. The cats didn't seem to notice.

Monday I got groceries and started to hurt just under the left knee. I'm limping every time I get up for at least the first few minutes.

I saw the primary doctor on Tuesday and explained about my need for a pain med between acetaminophen and narcotics and she ordered Tramadol. When I picked it up, the pharmacist talked to me about the timing of it to one of my existing meds, and fortunately, that'll work. The doctor wants me to redo lipids in three months.

Wednesday I drove up past Dulles to a massive furniture store. They're the closest store that carries Flexsteel recliners (the best, from what I've read) and they have lift-recliners. The doctor told me that part of the reason that my arms hurt so much is pushing myself out of the recliner and I should get a lift -- I have to remember to ask her if she'll write a scrip for it. The store also offers .68 of retail, which is great. Mine will be coming in 8-12 weeks because I wanted a different color -- a textured fern color. I stopped at Carrabbas to eat and let a lot of the traffic pass and was seated so when a server couldn't swipe a credit card, I could see her putting the numbers on the screen's keypad. I had a brief word with the manager -- it's just the number, not the name and so forth, but there's ways to get those.

Today I went to the credit union because I had three things that turned up in my Quicken (which I run every day) and were odd. The guy who helped me told me that one (maintenance fee $10 out, then in) was an error in their system. I figured out on an online bill on the way home, but he couldn't figure out the third one, either, so I filled out a form to find out where it actually came from (Sebastapol, UA on the credit union info).

My right thumb keeps turning to the left (I showed the doctor and she said when it gets really bad, she'll give me an order for occupational therapy) and I'm having trouble holding things like flatware in that hand, they just rotate.

I plan to sleep without an alarm tomorrow and just rest.

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From:ritaxis
Date:February 17th, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Do the cats usually object when you change your sheets to different ones?

The recliner sounds actually pretty.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 18th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
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These were new sheets, so I thought they might notice. I do think the recliner will be nice, and I will be very happy to get up without killing my arms.
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From:dd_b
Date:February 17th, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
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It's been a while, I was worrying just yesterday.

Sounds like you're still coping, and the doctors are still helping.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 18th, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)
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Yep, and I still have some reading to post.
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From:xeger
Date:February 18th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
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One of our local shops has installed these horrible "air freshener" machines -- I start to cough as soon as I walk in, and degenerate to feeling like there's insects crawling all over me in extremely short order. It's not quite the magnitude of your welts, but it'll keep me from ever shopping there :(

I'm glad your cats didn't get spooked by the sheets - the last time I got a new cat bed for mine, there was much sturm and drung while they jumped and poked and proded the DANGEROUS NEW THING!

The lift recliner sounds neat, and I'm picturing a fern-covered glade :)
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 21st, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
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I don't buy in stores often, but that would definitely keep me from going there, too.

Loki is frequently scared by new things and I thought just the new smell might scare him, but he doesn't mind. I've been thinking about cat beds for them, but they're both happy in/on the bed.

LOL Yeah, it fits the other green things in the living room, and I'm looking forward to it arriving.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 25th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
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You have been busy. And it sounds like your primary doc is a good one to figure things out like that.
Hope the new recliner/chair will help with the pain and that the thumb stops turning.
Take good care,
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 26th, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Yes, she's young, but seems to be willing to figure things out instead of just going by what she learned in college and hospital. The thumb won't stop turning -- I'll probably have others turn, too, and then have to use strap-on tools or someone to come help (Medicare will send someone). But I hope it doesn't go quickly!
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