Holly, I just saw a post that Montana has winter storm warnings—expecting up to 12 in on Thursday—snow—yuk. I did not realize you were still cold as well. Made. bread and tomato basil soup today—yummy dinner! Bread was still slightly warm—oh my!
Well I was unable to tolerate the monmetry test but had the gastric ph test. For it they put a tiny tube down my nose that I had to keep in for 24 hrs. There was a monster that I had to punch when I had symptoms, ate or lied down. Was glad to get it out! Won’t know anything from it for a while I guess. I’m tired of this chest pain!
Did some yard work today- 79 degrees here.
Joan - are the exercises helping? Wish I could get back to mine. Want to find out what this pain is first.
Sue - I watched the first season of The Badlands and into the 2nd season. When does it come on TV?
Jo Anne, have you thought about just requesting they order a CT scan—just to make sure there is no sign of something sinister working on you? It just seems they are doing test after test with no results and maybe it’s time. Seems as if this has been months?
I think my exercises are helping—all but one—and I’m not doing any more of those till after I see him tomorrow. Also I bought the Hoka One One shoes he recommended but not sure that they are great for my back==very different and often when do that I stimulate back pain again. I bought at REI so I could return them even after lots of walking. So did a short walk today and will do so every day this week to see whether I can adjust to them or not.
Went to the Clay art s studio and repaired my mug’s handle which cracked slightly during firing and then glazed it—was so fun down there last night—there were about 40 people there mostly doing raku pottery—every second Saturday they have a raku night—watching them throw the horsehair onto the hot bisque pots was fun—then seeing the result—I am really thinking I will sign up for a pottery class for handbuilding. I really have no desire to use a wheel—I think my back would bother me because of how you lean over it. I am trying to talk DH into taking a class with me—he is so creative and has never explored any art medium to channel it. He made a face on first mention but I think he’s contemplating the idea—I think he would like it down there—all kinds of people just playing with clay and being creative.
I think I will cut our first head of broccoli tonight and cook it for dinner—I also found three snap peas forming so they are starting to produce—they don’t have much time if I am to get much before super warm weather comes. Luckily the big storm that is across the NW and Midwest has cooled us down considerably so that buys me some time. I need to cut arugula again today before it decides to bolt and get bitter. Have done four cuttings so far.
Sue, I made a forbidden rice bowl with purple sw potato, carrot slivers, pickled ginger, and roasted veggies—I have discovered that I like pickled ginger with this combination of veggies and black rice!
Today I am roasting tomatoes carrots and onions again to make my tomato basil soup again. I’ll probably freeze some this time as DH won’t be ready for it again. I could eat it every day but it would still be too much.
Holly and Jo Anne— last night one of the men doing clay drove his Rav 4 to the studio and I took a picture—he had crocheted a wheel well cover (the Rav has the spare mounted on the back of the car) and it was so cool—a beautiful design—looked like a gorgeous flower. I asked him to think about making me one for DD for Christmas—she lost the cover to hers going through a car wash—and someone ran over it and broke it. He said everyone takes pictures of it and asks him about it. He wasn’t sure he was willing to do one for pay—probably took a long time as it is pretty big and pretty complex.
Joan - I had a chest CT with the cardiologist. The GI MD insisted that I be completly cleared there before he would do anything. Hope I'll hear from the GI by the end of next week. I'll bet the wheel cover is nice. I can see why he wouldn't want to do one for someone else, even for pay. Most people don't understand the cost in hour for things like that. The yarn itself is quite costly and adding in the hours would be extremely costly - not what most people want to pay.
Wonderful church service today! Raining here but didn't dampen the service! After the service we had dinner at the church. One of our members sees preparing our meals as a ministry and he loves to do it. He makes the most amazing meals. His father owns a restuarant and he himself used to work as a chef for many yrs. We are so blessed to have him.
Looking forward to the sunny, warm weather we are supposed to have next week.
Jo Anne, I would think the cost would be somewhere between 100 and 200$ as this is so big and so intricately done—maybe more—check out Holly on FB—I commented on one of her posts and put a picture with the comment. It is really a work of art. Wish you could see the guy who made it—does not present as a crochet-er—he is big, heavy set, beard—young. LOL
I see the rehab dr today—tried walking in the new shoes he had me get—did not do well the rest of the day so thinking I may end up taking them back—-I didn’t even do all my exercises last night as my back was hurting like before all my work with him—I’d actually like to be able to adjust to them as they sort of propel your walking but not feeling very confident right now about that.
So JoAnne, the CT scan showed no problems? Just seems so odd they cannot find a cause for your symptoms.
After a summer like day on Sat, back to freezing. Even Sat night as we walked back home from dinner it was freezing and I had a thin dress on and no coat.
We had a great time with my nephew and his girlfriend, this is our third time together. They seem to be going strong, together now for about 3 years. Dinner was fabulous, I love this restaurant, we ordered a bunch of dishes and shared everything. This is a small plated type place.
Jojo, I'm so sorry that this chest pain and all these tests have been dragging on for so long! I think Into the Badlands is on next week, taking the slot of Walking Dead.
Joan, I hope you're not going backwards with your back pain! I like pickled vegs in my bowls, too and I also like very spicy. There is another Italian bread soup that I love, ribollita, with cabbage and cannelini
Weird weather—the whole country, whole winter! We are plagued with wind again—I fear for my tomatoes which are relatively large now—it’s really bad out there. Not cold.
So the rehab dr wants me to continue with the shoes but only indoors and start with just an hour a day—did that today—can feel it in my back and right leg but not as bad as yesterday. I get to go to pilates but there is quite a bit of modifying to do—can never do any crunches again—but I can do roll ups when they do those. I can do single leg circles so that’s good because we do them every time. Did dance today and did fine.
I made dinner for lunch—baked salmon, first cut broccoli from garden, and kale arugula salad from garden. Tonight we both did our own lunch but ate it together with a cup of tom basil soup. I had my black bean, avocado toast with purple sweet potato again—-love that so much. I’ve only had meat and fish once each since week before DC—really don’t miss it.
I am reading A Gentleman in Moscow and am in awe of the writing—-I love the style of it and the story.
So nice that your nephews come and have dinners out with you, Sue. What does this nephew do—is he finished with school now?
I am so tired all of a sudden—think I will do my exercises early in case I end up crashing early tonight.
Well yesterday I went in to the cardiologist. He has been on vacation and the info that I got about the chest CT being ok was from his nurses. They said that I did not have a pulmonary embolus which was what he was looking for and that there was nothing for concern on the CT. Then Sunday I got a call from the Cardiologist office saying that I had an appt. on Tues. with him to follow up on the CT. I did not remember making this appt. but decided to go in for it. He said that the good news is that I have absolutely no heart problem of any kind but the bad news is that my stomach as completely hearniated through the diaphragm into the chest. Thus all the symptoms that I have had! I have an appt. with a thoracic surgeon on Tues. and will know more after that. It definately has to be fixed. My hope is that he can do it laproscopically. At this point in time, I will just be glad to get it fixed and feel better. I have had a hiatal hernia for yrs. but it was not terrible. My theory is that the night that I had the terrible pain that went across both of my arms, into my neck, and from the sternum into my back was when it actually herniated.
Joan are the shoes doing any better with time!? I saw the wheel cover picture. It is really beautiful and must have taken him quite a long time to make.
Sue - our financial advisor has parents in China. She is going to see them this week to check on her mom. She had been ill a long time and she has to see about some kind of long term care for her. Her dad had cared for her mom for the last 10 yrs. but she can no longer even feed herself. My question is "what kind of medicine do they have in China?" Is it socialized medicine or what? How would they provide for her care there? Just curiouse - Do you know?
Holly - just finished another pair of socks! Sounds like you have been doing some things and placing them in a consignment shop.
My neighor and his wife have told me that they will help me keep the yard decent after I have the surgery. So good of them - and it really took a load off my mind. They are so kind!
OMG, JoAnne—sounds awful—no wonder you have had so much pain! I didn’t even know that could happen! I hope you can get it done soon—is it a pretty slow recovery? Hope for your sake it’s not. Does not sound like it would be easy!
Yes the wheel cover was really beautiful—really fancy design. He said everyone photographs it.
I am wearing the shoes now—just for a bit before going to bed—seem a little better. I did yoga and weights today but modified a lot in yoga—have a massage tomorrow and right after take Jordan to get one filling done.
Worked on more photo cleanup on my computer tonight and copied some old pics from 2003 of DGD17 from an old computer to my regular one.
Trying to get the yard cleaned up really good knowing that I will be having surgery and want there to be as little as possible for neighbor to have to do while I'm down. Next I guess I will have to start on the house and laundry. So much to do!
We have dinner out and the theater tonight. Looking forward to that!
A little more yard work to do now before getting read for dinner and theater.
It is still so cold and dreary here, and the wind chill is causing freezing temps.
Jojo, I'm glad they finally found out what's been causing the pain, but it sounds like you have to go through a lot with surgery and recovery. Hope everything will go well. When is the procedure to take place?
Joan, it sounds like you are doing well keeping up with your exercises despite having to do modified versions.
I did my usual volunteering on Tues, getting more and more used to all the different tasks, and seeing the Tues regular volunteers.
There is a barber shop on the 2nd floor of the building that is my gym, and it has glass partitions separating it from the gym equipment. So my favorite treadmill is in the last row right in front of the barber shop. Yesterday, one of the guys told me that I was amazing and awesome for my work ethic, that he sees me all the time. Nice compliment!
Joan, it was my second nephew, he's living at home which is close to where he is working for a financial institution. He is on fast track and spending first year in various departments before pciking one.
Jojo, it is socialist in China, but service is cheap, things like housekeeping, drivers, etc is something that people can have. Historically, the elderly would just live with their children and grandchildren.