Monday, May 19, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
First off, all my kids are home for the summer. Yeah!! I love when my kids are all home. I'm just crazy about them. They make me smile and laugh. They must have gotten some good genes somewhere (me!).
On Saturday, we all went kayaking. Chanel (Jeff's girlfriend) came with us and so did Christy and her husband, David. That kayaking's a lot of work, man. My arms still hurt today from it. Anyway, it was worth it. We kayaked from Honeymoon Island over to Caladisi. Caladisi is the #1 Natural Beach in America. It is so beautiful over there. Untouched. We wandered along the beach (me with cane and going slowly and not very far) and then just hung out in the water. The water must be about 84 degrees right now 'cause I didn't have a hard time getting in. We played in the water and then Christy and David had to go. The rest of us took off in the kayaks. We were in one of the inlets and we saw two manatees! I did not expect that! Then, we saw three dolphins! It was really amazing! Great day!
Then, that night, Jeff, Chanel, Andrew & I went and played some pool. We chose songs on the jukebox and had lottsa fun. I don't think I'm improving but, still, it's fun.
Sunday was Mother's Day and I got a lovely necklace from my boys and a "spa day" from Andrew. The present from the boys was more exciting than I can even say because, well, let's just say that I've been disappointed in previous years.
Then on Monday night I went to a meeting for the Relay For Life that's coming up on Friday. I was asked to be a speaker in the opening ceremonies!! Cool, eh? I'm going to try to do something light and funny yet moving all at the same time. We'll see if I can pull that off. Speaking of Relay For Life....peeps? I really need some donations. I'm not asking for a lot. Just $10 each. Please? I'm begging, here. You Canadians can donate, too. Here's the link to donate. I would really appreciate it!
Also, anyone in the Tampa area - the Relay is at Tampa Bay Downs and I speak sometime between 6 & 6:30. I would love some support so if y'all can come out and see me I'd love it.
On the hip topic, I'm going to physio three times a week for the next four weeks. The Physiotherapist is confident that I should be pain-free quite quickly. Now that's some good news. I'm still confused on the whole thing. The doctor said not to walk (like, go for walks, go to the mall and wander etc..) but the physiotherapist said he's overstating it and I can do these things but with a cane. I'm very confused. I think I'm going to go for a second opinion. I didn't like that doctor and felt that he was very dismissive. The good thing with him is that he's near my home and does surgeries at the hospital that's close to me. The other good doctors are all 1/2 hour away and don't work out of the hospital close to me. Oh well, I need someone who will hear me. I don't need them to be my best friend, or even nice. I just need them to listen to me and explain things to me. So...second opinion here I come.
I have to go write my speech. Wish me luck!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
First off, yes, I do have avascular necrosis. In both hips. It is at the very beginning of it's progress. There is nothing that can be done about it. When my hips "collapse" then they will do a couple of hip replacements. He said this like it's nothing. Dumbass Doctor.
But, that is not the cause of my pain. When, I repeat, when, the avascular necrosis starts to hurt I will feel it in that crease between your leg and the torso. The cause of the pain I currently have is something called tendinitis. I am not looking this up on the internet. I don't even want to know. I'm just sick to death of this whole thing and it would appear that I'm just at the beginning. Ugh! So, he gave me a Cortisone shot in the right hip and told me to not walk but if I have to walk I have to use a cane. No more taking the dog for a walk, wandering around Target, the mall, the beach. No walking unless necessary. This will go on for up to one year. But, even at that point he said that any walking will make the avascular necrosis progress faster so I really shouldn't walk at all until I have to get the hip replacements. He suggested swimming. Really. I am not kidding. That was his suggestion. I think I'll ask the grocery store to put in a lap lane.
I was planning on going to Europe with Andrew and Scott at the end of this month. But, how am I going to wander around Europe if I can't walk? Hmmmm? This truly fucking sucks and I'm not a happy camper right now. Oh!! There's more. I have to lose the 30 lbs that I took off last year at this time then put back on throughout my Cancer treatments. He suggested Nutri System. I suggest he go f&&.....oh, no, I did not say that!! I thought it!! ROFL!!!
Anyway, I'm bummed. This sucks. But? At least I'm starting to grow hair! LOL!
Ok, so let's start a list of good things about this, 'cause I really need to see the up side to it.
- I get to lie around and watch tv and eat carrot sticks or celery sticks (no bonbon's for me! I have 30 lbs to lose)
- I can play on the computer as much as I want 'cause I can't walk
- I can read to my heart's content
- I can buy some really cool canes
- I can scrapbook! I forget how but I'm sure I'll remember again, soon
- OMG!! When I go see Donny Osmond I'll have a cane (I better have a really good one!) and maybe he'll see me and it and come over and I'll get my albums signed (yes, I am taking all my albums with me)
- When I'm sitting on the couch watching tv I can ask someone to get me a pop 'cause I'm not supposed to walk
Hmmm....this is sounding not too bad - well except the part that I can't go to Europe and will have to take a wheel chair to Vegas - but even there, on the Vegas thing? I don't have to wear "sensible shoes" because I won't be walking so I can wear some cool stiletto's. I should go buy some if I'm gonna do that, I suppose. CFM heels! OHHH yah!!!!! (If you don't know what CFM is, I am totally not gonna tell you!)
OK, peeps, add to my list, please. I need to see the light! (not the dieing light - the light for the not being able to walk)
Monday, May 5, 2008
I don't know why the above photos came out so small. I tried to get them bigger but don't know how. Jeff! Come home and help me!! LOL!!
Jeff and Jason at a party. What kind of party was it Jeff? I forget but they got dressed up in some funny clothes. Now, I just want to note that Jeff is 6'2" tall. Look at Jason. That's one big boy! And nice? Very. Jeff has good taste in friends.
Jeff and Jason being "White and Nerdy". I will just note that Donny Osmond was in the Weird Al video. Sorry! Just had to say it!
So, there's my "ode to Jeffrey". I love you, Jeff and am very, very proud to be your mom!
1) I don't have a car. We bought two new cars before Christmas. I was sooo happy! Then, while we were in Vegas one car got in an accident and totalled. It happened to be Andrew's car that was totalled. So, now, Andrew's driving my car, Jeff has a car at school and the red Labaron convertible is home. So, you say, I do have a car - the Labaron, right? Well, sorta. Scott played golf with my parents most days last week and.....the damn car doesn't have air conditioning. That's ok in the morning but, man, a car without air in Florida? not good, people. not good. And, although we could afford another car payment the car that got totalled was actually in my name and was my loan. Well, now I don't have a job so who will want to lend me money? Ugh!
2) I'm sad that my parents are going back north. I am more than sad. I am devasted over their leaving. According to the Canadian Government they have to be in Canada for 6 months plus a day to keep their health insurance. Stupid rules.
3) My hip fucking hurts.
That's it. Those are my "things"
On a good note, I got to spend all day Wednesday with Christy. We went to a Rotary Lunch and then shopping! Successful shopping! Yah!! Then on Thursday I spent all day with my momma! I love that woman so much! Then on Friday Andrew, my dad and mom and I went to a pub crawl. It was so fun! Christy had set it up so she was there and then some friends of ours, Jill and Jim Boardman were also there. Their son, Jack, used to play hockey with Kevin and they're Christy's neighbours. Small world. Anyway, it was really fun and I got to drink Czech beer. Yum! Then on Sunday, my mum came over for the day and helped me clean my desk off and we went to Target. Now that was fun! You shoulda seen us. We got a lot of "stuff". Yay! And then mom and dad stayed for dinner and then we went to my beloved Dairy Queen.
So, as you can so I've had some ups and downs. Weird. Normal, really. I go to the orthopedic surgeon on Thursday so I'm looking forward to that. I just want to know what's going to be done about this. I think that's all for now. I'm going to do a separate post for my Jeffrey. He's 21 today!!