Saturday, June 15, 2013

3:00 O'Clock in the Morning

It's a mess. I have been awake since 2:00 AM with the arm pain. I took two extra strength Tylenol an hour ago but it hasn't touched the ache.

Grumble, grumble, grumble...

I recruited my brother in law to go with me last night to mark off booth spaces for the Juneteenth celebration. Several others including Paul and Carol came too. We spent about forty five minutes taping off spaces. Hubert and his son were there and helped too. Only Carol and I brought tape to tape the floor. I was the only one with scissors and tape measures.

It was very unorganized at the last meeting. Several venders who had agreed to come backed out. At first at the first of the meeting there were only four left. Then we did some brainstorming and Karlas began calling folks to get them to commit.

We ended up with eleven. The band had backed out and Karlas has to attend a funeral. She was to read the history of Juneteenth. Mary volunteered. Without a loud speaker I doubt she can be heard though. Carol and I will be there at 8:00 to direct the vendors to their positions. It begins at 10:00. I can stay until noon. Paul will come at noon and stay until 5:00. Nellie will come then too. The Laymen singing group from Independence will sing at 1:00.

We had quite a lot of publicity and had a nice story in the Journal this week. I hope someone takes the Journal. It was also in the County Chronicle and the Reporter but if the black community doesn't support it with their presence, it will not fly. We will see.

More later...

I went back up at 4:00 to help close down the site. Carol and Paul were just leaving. I asked Carol if they shut down early and she said yes and advised me to talk to Paul. I did. He said they shut down early because in the afternoon they were so busy everyone but one booth sold out. That woman didn't sell out because she didn't come set up her booth until halfway through the afternoon.

I was amazed! But I should have known. I knew folks from the black community when I lived in Bartlesville. The black community operates on a different schedule then we do. They generally get everywhere a little late and operate much slower. For instance, the vendors were supposed to come at 8:00 to set up. No one came until 10:00 when the Juneteenth Celebration actually started. Then we had only about a dozen and a half folks attend until I left. It didn't look like anything was going to happen. But I have learned from this experience to be patient with them. They just don't get in a rush about anything. Remember, half the vendors cancelled last Wednesday and the band cancelled then too. Then today there were supposed to be eleven vendors there and only seven actually showed up. Live and learn!

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Results

Well I had my bone scan and my bone density scan today. The bone density scan was first and only took about thirty minutes. I had it this morning after the technician injected a dye into my vein. The dye was for this afternoon's bone scan. After an hour or so of that this afternoon, she said she showed my scan results to the radiologist and he said I had quite a bit of damage to my middle back and they wanted a series of x-rays too. I told them I never had a back ache and that the only pain I was having was a deep ache in my upper arms. I also told them that Dr. Hsu did not think the back damage he saw on my MRI caused the pain in my upper arms.

Dr. Gillis, who was unable to diagnose the erysipelas earlier this year, called me after he saw my bone density test that was done this morning. He said I had no osteoporosis. It was just as I thought. I didn't have any sign of it twelve years ago and I still do not.

I'm to make another appointment with Dr. Hsu for either Monday or Tuesday when the results of these tests should be available to him. I will do that Monday. His office was closed this afternoon after I finally got away from the hospital. The mystery deepens.

I will bring all this to the attention of Dr. Eslicker in July when I see him next. He was the doctor that did diagnose the erysipelas. I still think it could be that rare complication of the erysipelas.

Best Night's Sleep Yet!

I have my bone density test today and also my bone scan. The arms were somewhat better last night and I got some sleep. Still I got up at 4:15 this morning. I go over to the hospital at 9:45 to fill out some paperwork and then they will give me some meds IV. I go back at 12:30 for both of the actual tests. That gives the meds time to circulate through my body before the tests.

I saw Marilyn on Wednesday at exercises and again that night at PINCH. Pappy is back right now and that's a lot of help to her. Jack is getting so frail. Also the woman from Comforting Angels helps a lot. But Comforting Angels is going out of business. Marilyn is keeping the helper though. Marilyn seems much better when Pappy is there and she doesn't have the entire responsibility all by herself. I can't even imagine what she must be going through. I wish I could be some help to her but with my arms problem, I am doing well just to take care of myself.

I picked up Missy on Tuesday and am giving her the antibiotic shots myself. She tolerates them very well. She is doing better every day and is eating better today. She doesn't let me out of her sight though.

This Sunday we will have a guest minister at evangelist from Pittsburg. We will have a cookout. The congregation will bring everything but the meat and buns. Those are provided by the pastors who have their own beef. I will fix my potato salad and a dessert.

PINCH is holding a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday at the Tyeska Youth Center. I have to go over at 4:00 this evening and help measure off 5 X 10 booth spaces. We have 11 booths sold. The celebration itself begins at 10:00 tomorrow and goes until 5:00. I hope it goes well. Paul has seen to it that there is plenty of publicity. The Journal had an interview with him and did a nice write up in Saturday's newspaper.

Terry and Denise borrowed my car yesterday to go shopping for another car of their own. They got back just before 6:00. They had found a 01 Honda Civic like mine in Bartlesville and are to pick it up Monday or Tuesday. The dealer has to put an air conditioner and a battery in it. Mine has been a great car for one with 169,000 miles on it. I hope theirs does as well. I know it depends a lot on the care it's been given. Mine has been very carefully cared for. I have the oil changed regularly. And I've had everything done to it that it's needed. Of course, it's got a ton of miles on it. I just hope it lasts as long as I do.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Better Night's Sleep

Last night was somewhat better sleep. I woke up in the night but did get back to sleep until about 4:00 AM. Then I lay in bed until 5:00 when I got up. I had had a good nap yesterday afternoon so I'm really not tired at this point.

I will take my car out to Terry and Denise's this morning. They will use it to look for another car for themselves. Their's was totaled in that wreck. They will need to be extra careful of mine since I only have liability and comprehensive on it. I'm sure they will be careful. It's "the other guy" I worry most about.

Bob will follow me out there so they will not have to bring me back to town.

I will be home today so I will clean house. I have nothing else on the agenda for today except to cook lunch.

Tomorrow at 10:00 I will go to the hospital for the meds and then later, at 1:30, back there for the two tests. I really don't think my problem with my arms is osteoporosis. I have several friends who have osteoporosis and they have no pain with it. I really think it might be one of the rare complications of the erysipelas I had for seven weeks this past winter. I read an article about that possibility. If it is, I don't think there's anything that can be done about it except to just put up with it. It kind of comes and goes. Most of the time in the daytime I barely notice it. It's nights that hurt the worst.

More later...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Another Acheing Night.

My arm ached again last night. I took a couple of extra strength Tylenol about 12:30 and got back to sleep but it was off and on the rest of the night. It wasn't as bad as night before last though. I am learning to put my left arm on the small soft pillow and the right one over my head on my pillow and sometimes that works. I haven't had a night in a couple of weeks without pain though. Getting old is not for sissies, that's for sure.

Against my better judgment, I was elected secretary of the board last night. There are only five of us on the board right now and all the others but one are already elected officers. That one will be moving away soon. So I was really kind of trapped into it. If the arms get worse and hurt badly in the daytime too, I will have to give up my organizations. I already plan to resign from PINCH after September's dinner. I just have too much on my plate this year. I really don't want to be on the search committee for the new director.

Missy is following me around and is almost under foot now. She must be fearful that she will go back to the vet and be separated again. She is not eating yet. She does eat her four little treats but has not touched her regular cat food. She did have a bowel movement last night but so far has not urinated since I brought her home. She has drunk a little water so maybe her kidneys and bladder will work later on.

I will go to exercise class again this morning. Afterward I will fix my chicken tenders for lunch/dinner. I will make mashed potatoes to go with them and gravy. Bob likes gravy. I also have some veggies to fix and Bob will bring his coleslaw again. I still have the chocolate pudding I fixed Monday and if it isn't dried out in the frig, I will serve it afterward.

Sue e-mailed me to ask me to say something about my father on Sunday. I will talk about my stepfather. He was the father I grew up with. My dad died when I was nine. He mostly just slept and worked. He didn't play with us girls or make memories with us.

Tonight I have the PINCH meeting at 5:30.

More later....

Surprisingly, Dr. Gillis called me this morning while I was on my way to exercises. He wondered how my back was. He had my MRI from Dr. Hsu. Dr. Hsu hadn't sent him a report yet but he did have the MRI. I told him my back was not bothering me. It was my upper arms that were sore and keeping me awake. He suggested that my C3 and C4 and another vertibrea were bulging and I had two nerves being pinched and he thought those may be causing my problem. I told him Dr. Hsu didn't think my back was the cuplrit at all. He disagreed. I told him I was having a bone scan and bone density test on Friday but I didn't think that was my trouble at all. I told him I had talked to a half dozen of my friends who have osteoporosis and none of them has any pain with it.

I suggested it might be one of the rare complications of the erysipelas and he said "Oh no, it wouldn't be anything like that." This..from the man who told me I had the common cold and later that I had "slapped child syndrome". He obviously didn't even know what erysipelas was.

I will take the article down to Dr. Eslicker in July and see what he thinks.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Worst Night Yet

Last night was the worst night yet. My right arm ached terribly and even with taking two extra strength Tylenol, that did not help. I woke up at 2:00 and didn't get back to sleep until some time after 3:45. I even tried to sleep in the recliner but that didn't work either. The air conditioner unit makes too much noise. Finally I went back to bed.

I'm going to go get Missy today when I get my hair done. I know I can't afford to let her stay at the vets any longer. I will just have to give her her shots myself. I will call sometime after 8:00 and find out what I owe.

Unless something changes, I still intend to cook lunch/dinner today.

More later...

I just called Paula at Dr. Barta's office and asked what the charges for Missy for this seven days was going to be and she just called me back. She said he was charging me for antibiotics and boarding and the charge was $183.00.


By the time he sent me home with with a ten days supply of antibiotic and syringes for shots, it came to $192.75 but that's a far cry from what I expected.

When I got home, Bob took me to Sirloin Stockade for lunch. I will have my chicken strips tomorrow.

I took a nap this afternoon and Missy lay on my lap during that. I had had four hours sleep last night. My right arm was terribly sore. I took two extra strength Tylenol but they did nothing for it at all. When I woke up from my nap, my arm was hurting again. I will take a couple of Tylenol before I go to bed tonight.


The hospital just called. Their scan machine is down and they needed to change my appointment until Friday. That will work alright.


I took a nap this afternoon. I had four hours sleep last night. I awoke with my right arm almost throbbing it was so sore. Missy laid on my lap the entire time. She is not letting me out of her sight.

I had a library board meeting this evening and she scolded me when I came home at nearly 7:00. We are losing our library director here through retirement and the board took training on how to hire a new one. It is quite involved.

Monday, June 10, 2013

A Better Night's Sleep

I had a much better night's sleep last night. I slept until 4:00 this morning and without pain. I slept with my left arm on the small foam pillow. That seems to work much of the time. I will go to exercise class this morning. After I get back home, I will call the vet and see how Missy is coming along and if I can bring her home.

We went to Bartlesville to look around yesterday afternoon for an older (2007) or so Honda Civic. There wasn't anything there but newer ones 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and only three Civics..mostly new and ones I could not have afforded. I did see a 2007 Toyota Camry at the Honda place for $14,325 with 73,000 miles on it. Even if I could swing that though the taxes and insurance and price of gas ($40 a tank) would probably be prohibitive. It was good to look though and made me appreciate even more my little fully paid for Civic with it's 169,000 miles.

More later...

I fixed hamburgers, baked beans and homemade french fries for Bob and me for lunch. Tomorrow we will have chicken tenders with mashed potatoes and gravy and veggies. Bob will bring coleslaw.

I called Dr. Barta's office and asked about Missy. She is doing better but he can't let her come home until she is completely well of the abscess. The abscess would just come back if it didn't clear completely up. The bill will be astronomical. But I guess she's worth it. If I hadn't let her out that cat wouldn't have got her and bit her so badly that she developed this abscess. I will just have to bite the bullet.

I have an hair appointment in the morning at 10:00 in Independence. Tomorrow evening is the library board and foundation meeting.

Wednesday is my appointment for the bone density test and bone scan. I wonder if my problem with my arms isn't a complication of the erysipelas. I read that osteitis, arthritis and septic tendinitis are all rare complications of erysipelas.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sunday Church

We had a nice sized congregation at church today and it was a beautiful day. The sermon was very good. My daughter preached and she did an exceptional job.

After church we ate out at Maria's in Independence. It's a good Mexican restaurant. Then Bob and I went to Bartlesville to look at cars at the Honda agency and the Toyota agency. I wanted to see if I could find anything that I could afford. I might sell Terry and Denise my car if they're interested and buy something a little newer. But I only found one Toyota that was a 2007. I may check into it later this week.

This afternoon I got my Sunday newsletters finished and ready for the mailman. Tomorrow morning I have exercises. Then I need to check on Missy at Dr. Barta's , the vet, and after that see if I can pick her up and bring her home. They may want to do surgery on her abscess tomorrow and if they do, I will have to leave her a few more days.

Tuesday I have a hair appointment in Independence and a library board meeting at 5:15. Wednesday I have my bone scan and bone density test I will go in at 9:30 to do the paperwork and then go back at 10:00 to have the tests. I will have them right after the other and afterward a PINCH meeting at 5:30. I don't know when I'll get the results of my tests.

Thursday, I'm free but Friday after my hair appointment, I will have to plan to go to the Youth Center and help mark off the booth sizes for the Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday. I will have to work a few hours at the Juneteenth celebration.