Friday, August 31, 2007

The first day back at school

The first day back at school/work went well. I didn't accomplish anything, but anymore I don't expect to with the two kg orientations and staff breakfast meeting. I did get all 6 computers set-up for the kids. Not as neatly as I always wish I had the time for, but they work - and when you're talking about computers as old as these, that's a good thing.
The OS student helping out for two weeks is a sweetheart AND a hard worker. Good to know, since I'll be gone to an appointment the first week.
Time to start thinking about what to accomplish for camping this weekend. :>)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Well, today F went in for the injections into her appendectomy scar. She said she can feel some numbness on the upper side of the incision, but not down below. So, walking (lifting the legs) is still slow going. She'll be going in to see the pain therapist on a weekly basis and back for her follow-up appointment with the pain doctors in 2 weeks. I feel like we sit and wait for the intervals in between appointments to speed by us.
Tomorrow she goes in to see her primary care doctor. One of the items the pain clinic wants her PriCare Dr. to address, is to make some needed adjustments to her list of medications. I'm glad they're so thorough in their health screening - makes me wish all of the medical people she's come in contact with would have been.
She sent in her transcripts to the OHSU nursing program on Monday. Nice to think about the future again.
I can't believe I go in to work on Thursday. How many kinders will we have this year? What kind of classes will we have?

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Either success or another diversion

F had her consultation this afternoon. After much poking (a safety pin, even) and prodding, the NP went back to discuss the case with the other doctors. When she returned, she brought a different doctor than the one scheduled to the case. This one excitedly entered the room and said that F looks like she has a case of what he specializes in - nerve pain/damage caused by surgical incisions. He told her what the procedure would entail and what relief she might have. Then they gave us some paperwork and sent us out to schedule physical therapy and the pain procedure. tick tick tick More waiting for more appointments . . . I want things to happen now! Maybe I should've sat on the floor and refused to leave?? ;>) They also had suggestions for needed changes in her prescriptions.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

First appointment at OHSU

Well, it's just hours from THE appointment.
Tomorrow a little before noon, F and I will be heading north for the Comprehensive Pain Clinic. She was pretty upset last night, stressing about the possibility of being stuck in this state forever. Probably why I was unsuccessful in talking her into getting her doctor to sign for a wheelchair. It's not giving up (I insisted), it's the ability to get around and not be stuck on the couch. {sigh}

Friday, August 3, 2007

An end to the pain???

F got her test results this morning.
She tested positive for cdif.
FINALLY a positive result on one of the oodles of tests she's had to go thru! This one should have been done long ago. In my opinion, it should've been done by the hospital she worked at. Will all the abdominal pain finally be coming to an end? Oh please, please, please! My skinny, little, shadow of a young woman is more than done with doing her Tim Conway impression. I can't wait to have cheerful, energetic, hardworking, silly, fun, F back!!! It's right up there with wanting L & J on the west coast.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

and August walked in

Ah, Zuzu the cat, has decided to hop up and help me type. Hmmmmm, a cat challenge! She's been letting us know how traumatic it is for a cat when her owners leave. Such a people creature!

We drove up North for a job interview yesterday; to a land of trees, new developments and happy smiling people who make eye contact. I reclined in the comfy truck, read my current book, called my sis to chat and see if she could look up a local coffee roaster's address and then read some more. Nice way to spend an afternoon, in my book. :>)
After the 1 1/2 hour interview, we drove to the downtown area and found the coffee roaster's shop. I bought some Dancing Goats coffee, of course. It looked to be a spacious, relaxed establishment in an old, high, ceilinged building - lots of comfy, medium dark wood everywhere.
Then we stopped at Costco to gas up, picked up a few groceries and drove to K & K's house for a delicious, finger licking dinner that started with margaritas, then continued with guacamole salad, sock-eye salmon, ribs, cantaloupe and sour dough bread. Oh my gosh! One of those dinners where you wish your stomach didn't ever reach capacity! Of course, the great company always adds to the food, doesn't it?
We stopped in to say "hey" to Ma & Pa and C & L, before heading south. During those moments, I want to divide myself in two so I don't miss visiting with anyone. {sigh}
We were more fortunate than those freeway travelers heading north. Our construction on the south side barely slowed us down in two places, but on the other side the trucks and cars were strung out like gaudy, over done Christmas lights.
F called on our way home and said she and J have found a place to live in the land of peanut butter pie! Yay! One less thing for all of us to fret about. Moving day is weekend after next.