Wednesday, November 28, 2018
A mudlark is someone who scavenges in river mud for items of value, a term used especially to describe those who scavenged this way in London during the late 18th and 19th centuries.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Monday, November 26, 2018
They taped me shut with a small gauze pad at the top that I can't get wet. Today is my postoperative consultation and I hope I get a more solid schedule on my postoperative care.
Friday, November 23, 2018
One of the most well-known HAIs, C. diffcauses inflammation of the colon, and symptoms can range from diarrhea to life-threatening colitis. Antibiotic-associated diarrhea is the most common symptom, following medication ingestion that eliminates good bacteria from the intestine along with the bad. The bacteria are transmitted via the fecal-oral route, most commonly being transferred from an infection site to another patient by a healthcare provider's hands. C. diff is resistant to many routine cleaning products, including alcohol-based hand cleaners, so it is able to survive in clinical locations for extended periods of time. C. diff can usually be treated with antibiotics, but in some cases a stool transplant may help restore bacterial imbalances.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Everything went fine. I was kinda put off by the casual sanitary conditions there. The nurse, Janey, tore off tape for my IV and laid it on the footrest of the chair I was in until she was ready to use it. The arms of the chair in the prep room were sticky. I don't want to consider myself OCD about cleanliness - far from it, probably - but this was a medical facility.
They sent me home with a Spanks-style tube top over my chest and a small ice pack over my left breast. I also had to purchase electronic leg compression devices that I wore home and will have to wear to sleep in for the next 9 - 10 days.
Wednesday morning before work, I managed to give myself a shallow sponge bath in the tub with my hair tied up and about three layers of plasic wrap around my chest to try to keep it dry. I'm planning to wear my hair tied back all week in a pony tail while I'm at work. I wore an old athletic bra-top, that was probably inadequate support, to work under my turtleneck sweater. It seemed like it would work okay but by the end of the work-day I was experiencing some discomfort. I ended up trading it in for a regular bra to sleep in last night. This morning, I woke up with immediate liquid bowel movements that I hope will cease as soon as everything is empty. I took an Immodium and am hoping for the best result because this is the worse day for GI troubles.
Today is Thanksgiving and I'm planning to make a mushroom tart with some beautiful wild mushrooms I got at the Farmers Market. We are invited to Karen and Bob's house in Greensboro for Thanksgiving. We're also bringing roasted vegetables and braised greens as a last minute thing. MonsterMustDie did not believe the tart and a small batch of sweet white turnips was enough.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Friday, November 09, 2018
Nearly 30 years ago, I had a biopsy followed by a cyst removal in the right breast. Not looking forward to this procedure at all.
Also, my feet and legs hurt more than usual this morning.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
MonsterMustDie did nothing last week for our anniversary or my birthday. Today, he took me to lunch at Crafted and gave me a belated birthday tiki cup and American Gods DVD.
I've felt ill all day. It finally occurs to me that it is probably from the change in the weather and the wild ups and downs in barometric pressure.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Sunday, October 07, 2018
Enjoy what you share but don't make that person the main investment of yourself.
Saturday, October 06, 2018
Death last week, I got a text yesterday from my brother letting us know there will be a small memorial for him on Wednesday. There's no way either of us can get off work to make the trip down to Georgia. That's probably for the best. Our presence at a funeral we weren't invited to would, at best, be very awkward and uncomfortable for everyone. The entire family shut us out when my mother died. I suppose they will just scatter ashes in the park and be done with it.
Friday, September 14, 2018
I notice that MonsterMustDie has been requiring a lot more of my attention lately. He seems to be looking specifically for approval and praise for his creative efforts. This from the man who, at best, has no interest in what I do.
Still, I'm trying to be positive and encouraging but that does not seem to be enough for him. I'm frustrated by this situation and I don't know how to deal with this or why it's happening.