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Where to Begin

It is a day off for both of us. Let me assure you we need it. The urologist’s office called Michael this morning and made an appointment for tomorrow morning. Prior to seeing the physician, he wants a copy of the CT scan taken while Michael was in the ER and have an x-ray taken of his abdomen with a copy of that to come with us.

Neither of us is looking forward to getting up early to get this all done. The doc’s office wanted us to come in at 9 a.m. Ugh. Actually, the appointment is at 11:15 a.m. This is a little bit easier to handle with the homework of getting the x-rays prior to.

Both of us have been tired today. Michael was shaking off the mild infection from the stone. Thank heavens the ER physician sent us home with a prescription for antibiotics. So Michael has been napping and watching television.

Me, I’ve been napping, watching soap operas and puttering around the house. I really don’t have much energy and I’m taking it easy too.

Last night I watched a fun movie. I didn’t think it would be and had been putting it off. But, I broke down and watched “Prairie Home Companion.” I have listened to the program on NPR and have enjoyed it. It was fun to see what happens behind the scenes. I am curious about Virginia Madsen being deemed the “Dangerous Lady.”

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“When we truly care for ourselves, it becomes possible to care far more profoundly about other people. The more alert and sensitive we are to our own needs, the more loving and generous we can be toward others.”

Eda LeShan

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Currently Reading:

““The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

“New American Standard Bible”

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

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Bailey woke me up earlier than usual this morning. I wasn’t bothered that much because Mother Nature and a full bladder was yelling at me but he had another reason.

On my way back into bed, I find Michael awake, who tells me he needs to go to the emergency room. Holey Moley! Michael hasn’t been feeling well all week but over the weekend he seemed worse.

With a splash of water on the face, comb through the hair and hitching up the pants as we headed out the door; luckily, I grabbed my pill box and a bottle of iced tea.

During the 7 a.m. hour, there is and isn’t traffic (school traffic in town). At the hospital there were parking spaces near the front door to the emergency room.

We’re taken in and because we’ve been there frequently enough this month it wasn’t long before a nurse came out and had Michael in a bed. A BP cuff has been attached to Michael’s arm and then an IV to administer fluids and medications.

I knew Michael was not feeling well but I did not realize he was passing a kidney stone. Michael has passed several since we have been together and x-rays have shown he has several more.

Michael had an x-ray taken just to be sure everything else he’s been through this month wasn’t causing any problems but all is good and then it’s just that the stone feels like a baby on the way.

While the ER staff did what they needed to do, I held Michael’s hand, did some Reiki on him and just talked to him to help keep him as calm as can be. When not administering to Michael my way, I sat and read my new book and then I would snooze as well.

The biggest excitement was the ER toilet overflowed. I warned them but I guess they didn’t believe me.

Around 10 a.m. the ER lit up with people coming in for various reasons and by 12:30 p.m. we were on our way home with the sage advice from the ER doc, “You’ll just have to wait till it passes.”

mz. em

P.S. The stone has exited and I suspect Michael will sleep better tonight.

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Quote of the Day:

“All one needs is a divinely attractive bed.”

Mrs. Winston Guest

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Currently Reading:

““The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

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Stoopid Movie Hangover

Can you believe I haven’t watched one movie today?

I’m saturated from yesterday’s marathon. All those mummies wrapped and unwrapped. I feel I know a lot about Egyptian mythology. Of those I watched, I’d say two of them I had watched before.

These left me time to do some reading. I’ve read my other books which are daily books. However, the “Benni Harper Mystery” book was so good that I kept with that and finished it this morning.

Today, I’ve been doing some writing, a little housework, talked to my Great Aunt Dorothy and Cousin George in Maine. After reading the weather reports on-line yesterday and reading that Maine (general) was under a hurricane watch, I was onto maps to see where in the state they were being hit. It’s been a long time since Maine had seen a hurricane.

When I called Aunt Dorothy today, Cousin George answered the phone and told me they were mostly wet. Some wind but more water. This is a good thing because the reservoirs are full. However, that doesn’t stop mud from being tracked into the house. Aunt Dorothy says the sump pump in the basement comes on regularly. She’s glad it’s working and keeping things as dry as possible.

I also received news that my Grandfather had been in and out of the hospital with fluid around his heart and lungs. He has been moved to a convalescent facility. I’m glad about this since South Paris is closer to home (Otisfield) for everyone. It is easier for them to keep an eye on him and to visit.

It’s hard to believe that Gramps is still here. He is 101 or 102 and in his words, “I’m tired.” I can believe it. He has lived a good long life. He’s had the love of three good women and adventures galore. He is an exceptional storey-teller which my father inherited. I was not granted that wonderful trait. I loved to sit and listen to them tell their stories of the adventures they had and the people they had met in their travels.

These relatives are definitely the best part of me.

It is a gray day here and so we are taking it easy. The kitties are sleeping, Michael is in and out of sleep and I’m puttering.

I hope everyone has a great Sunday.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“There is a time for everything,

And a season for every activity under heaven.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Currently Reading:

The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

“New American Standard Bible”

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

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Stoopid Movie Saturday

Today seems to be mummy day. The best quote so far is: “Where is my mummy?”

Now I’m onto “Manticore” where U. S. soldiers in the Middle East get to dance with “legendary” creatures that an angry Iraqi has released the animals from their sleep.

I believe this is one I have seen before so I may do some of my puttering stuff. I leave it on this station as it is white noise for Michael who is sleeping.

Other titles for my viewing enjoyment are: “Stan Lee’s Harpies,” “Monster Ark,” “Riddles of the Sphinx,” “Tale of the Mummy” and if I am still up I have “Attack of the Sabretooth.” Oh yummy, such junk to fill my pretty little mind.

Don’t worry, I have read by “Bible,” “Simple Abundance” and “Alcoholics Anonymous.” Junk isn’t the only thing filling my head today. Plus, I received my Sample Ballots for the General Election. This will be fun reading. That is if I can understand any of it. I’m afraid to vote for fear we shall get another idiot in office who is for everyone else to be bailed out and us little folks will still be slogging along attempting to stay above the crap the elected officials have dished out and telling us we ought to be thankful.

I am also throwing some puttering around the house too. The kitties have been brushed. In reality Max has only had a half brushing. He is so tweaky that when I brushed up against the treat bag, the sound scared him and he leaped off of my leg and sat in the hallway looking for the danger. For proof, I have three first-rate scratches on my left thigh.

I’ve gone the afternoon hoping something else would pop up for me to write about and nothing has come to me. I close here and hope you have a good Saturday night.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

Zen Master Shunryo Suzuki

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Currently Reading:

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

A Benni Harper Mystery – Fool’s Puzzle” by Earlene Fowler

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Computer Problems

Well, I’ve been off line due to laptop problems. Michael took care of the problems. However, I’ve been irritated and stayed off the contraption in protest of its ability to throw a wrench in my computer life.

Michael has been home for a couple of weeks since his time in the hospital. It’s been interesting in the change in our eating habits and what we eat. Michael has some aches and pains but he is slowly better each day.

What I am learning about myself is I’m one of those who stand up to adversity but when the hardship is over. I fall apart. I sleep a lot, cry some and just want to hibernate. Although, I feel I’ve gone over the limit of feeling down but I guess it’s over when it’s over.

Today, we retrieved Michael’s wedding ring from the jewelry store. We had taken it in last week to have it resized since Michael has lost weight since we were married. For a few months, he wore it on his middle finger but didn’t feel right about it. He also asked for the small piece of gold and believe it or not, he lost enough weight there was a sizeable piece of gold left over. Michael’s ring sure looks good on the right finger.

By the time we finished with the jeweler, we headed off to the grocery store to get some provisions. I was tired enough and I forgot my 2:30 p.m. medications, I sat in the truck and read my book while Michael shopped.

Oh yeah, the other reason I haven’t been feeling well is that I fell down on my bedroom carpet. The flip flops I was wearing tripped me up and down I went. Michael said I sounded like a piece of furniture tipping over. I laid on the floor until Michael showed up and he assisted me in up righting myself. I’m sore all over but at least no broken bones.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.”

Pearl Buck

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Currently Reading:

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

A Benni Harper Mystery – Fool’s Puzzle” by Earlene Fowler

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Off On the Ethers

I don’t know if it is me, my computer or WordPress but I have posted three entries. When I go to check on the entries, they are not there. I’ve checked my site and no entries. Very strange indeed.

It has been a strange day. I woke up around three and had the heebee geebees. I got up and came downstairs to take some of my medications. I followed this by meditating and then I went back to bed.

I slept some more and I had nightmares and heard strange noises (Michael’s snoring, I think). Then I thought I saw the bedroom door move inward some. I inquired if it was Michael doing that but no response. After another inquire and no reply, I got up and came downstairs and found Michael sound asleep on the futon. What a relief.

Well, if anyone finds my missing entries floating out there in the heavens. Grab them and let me know. There is no reward so if all you want to do is let me know where you saw them, drop me a line.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Pogo (Walt Kelly)

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Currently Reading:

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

A Benni Harper Mystery – Fool’s Puzzle” by Earlene Fowler

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This morning Michael had an appointment with his primary care physician. We had planned for me to stay home. However, Michael was not feeling very well.

Then, Mr. Bailey kept nipping me on the arm and playing on the bed. I decided to get up and go in with Michael. With him not feeling well, I figured I would drive him in.

It was a nice morning with the sun shinning for a change. It made for a good drive in, although Michael might disagree with me. I can see in the future that our next car will be an automatic.

We saw the doctor. He and Michael went over medications, vital signs and the fact that Michael had pain around his abdomen and chest area. The doctor was bothered by the elevated temperature and the physical discomfort. His advice was to go to the emergency room where we normally go and have them do a CT scan, other tests and be given medications.

As the ER doctor was checking him out, he pushed and prodded and listened to Michael’s heart rate and I saw a look in Michael’s eye that said, “If you prod me in that sore area one more time, I’m going to hit you.” I believe the ER doctor picked up on Michael’s glare. I wanted to smack the doctor just because he thought he was hot stuff for an ER doctor and I didn’t feel the same way. Though I had promised Michael I wouldn’t hurt anyone on the hospital staff if they caused him pain in any way. I would leave that to him. One of us had to be able to drive home.

Luckily, all the tests came back positive and by 12:30 p.m. we were able to go home. Yippee! I can take my man home. We did stop at the grocery store for the pharmacy to get his prescription filled.

That done and home we headed. Both of us are tired, we had a small bite to eat and I at least went out for a nap. That sure felt good.

I pray Michael wakes up feeling better.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“Gloom we have always with us, a rank and sturdy weed but joy requires tending.”

Barbara Holland

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Currently Reading:

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

“A Benni Harper Mystery – Fool’s Puzzle” by Earlene Fowler

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