THE ASSOLOGIST RIDES AGAIN

assologist rides again

 

I know, I know…it doesn’t sound terribly polite coming from a little old lady but darn it, I get tired of polite and often find it therapeutic to just speak my mind. You know those shooting shows where some guys blasts a poor unsuspecting watermelon into the next world? I think I’m afraid I will become like one of those melons or a pressure cooker and explode all over everyone if I don’t just “get it out.” My dear husband thinks I get plenty out of my system but he doesn’t always know how much I keep in. Alas, that is a subject for another blog.

 

Don’t you find that one problem compounds upon another, and another? This past week we had to go into Portland, Oregon to see the oncologist for some very interesting new injections I am receiving in my derriere, on both cheeks I need to add, thus there is no hiding from the after effects. It’s a two hour trip into Portland from our home here in Astoria, OR and I have had sacroiliitis for many years now. I also have very severe osteoporosis and have one crushed vertebra and another that has been fractured; neither of which make for a happy spine. None of those conditions are conducive to sitting. We’ve had vans, SUV’s, luxury cars and have pretty much tried every seat on the car lot. By the way, the most recent time I rode in an ambulance, it was the worst ride of my life and would have to be unconscious to ever do it again. What are those people thinking? Well, on with my tail, or rather tale of whoa, or woe.

 

I suspect I’m one of the few women who go to an auto dealership like Goldilocks, rear end in tow, trying out seats. One is too soft, one is too stiff, and another is too hard to get in and out of. You know the drill if you have any kind of trouble “back there.” The car I currently own has warming seats, a rather invasive, flirty fanny massager I think I’ll Floyd and lumber cushions that inflate. I also throw in my trusty “tush cush” which is made of gelfoam. I always think I’m ready to go if not rarin’, because I have no choice. In order to defeat the metastatic cancer I have to haul around all of my other problems; and they are numerous.

 

Being a firm believer in attempting to meet treatment head on, so to speak, the torment of the trip, the doctor’s waiting room and the chairs in both the waiting area and the exam rooms can be a torturous experience. I always want to climb up onto the exam table, lie down and put a bouquet of flowers on my chest and wait for some unsuspecting medical assistant or nurse to find me; lying there waiting for service or a reprieve. I actually did have to do it once, sans flowers because I didn’t have any with me. However, I want you to know I’m a courageous person and usually sit there, seeking comfort wherever possible and wait for that dreaded question, “And how would you rate your pain level today?”

 

Does it show? Is there a flashing neon light on my gluteus maximus? I’m there for cancer treatment. I am, I must say in full disclosure, fortunate to have an oncologist who is looking at the whole picture; and it isn’t a pretty one. So many problems in one little, old shrinking lady should be against the law but alas and alack, it apparently is not.

 

When I was first told about the treatment I would be receiving which would mean a cancer treating drug, maximum dose of injection into each hip, I had to ask the doctor what we would do, meaning me alone of course, would do when I ran out of butt. The doctor asked, “Is that spelled with one ‘t’ or two?” I or maybe it was my daughter said, “Two.”

 

Since I’m a woman who walks, lists to one side, never runs and is always posting about her tush, rear or hiney on public internet, I have few secrets. And let us never forget my favorite name for my back end, po, po. Please let me tell you this is a problem of geography…my own. I am losing my rear section at an alarming rate and just don’t have room for too many more darts back there. Fortunately, I will now be receiving the injections on a monthly basis, instead of every two weeks, thus alleviating a bit of my whining, I hope. It won’t take much searching to find something else to whine about, I feel certain of that.

 

I’m sure most of you would agree with me that it would be heaven sent if we could be doled out just one physical and emotional problem at a time. What’s with all this piling on a person? It isn’t fair but then again, I had to come to the realization years ago life wasn’t, isn’t and never will be fair. I think being an RN helped me to see that although my own life was never a cake walk, whatever that means. I use it because I’m hungry as I am writing this and it does sound like fun, doesn’t it? Cake walk. I’ll leave you with that as we all drudge through life carrying whatever problems we have accumulated and try to keep not only our senses about us but also and perhaps, most importantly, our sense of humor.

159 thoughts on “THE ASSOLOGIST RIDES AGAIN

  1. Oh Sue, you made me laugh so much. I am so glad you felt like throwing out some humor on the blog. I could picture you in my mind doing everything you explained to us. I hope this means you are feeling better since your trip into Portland. This is an awesome blog this time. They are always so good. God definitely gave you the gift of writing along with the sense of humor as well. You Bless all of us so much with each new blog. We are so Blessed to have you to write for us and lift us up and make us laugh. For all of that, thank you so much!!
    I didn’t make it to the doctor today as I felt so bad I just couldn’t go out. The weather has been so rainy. It is 2:20 AM and I am awake and we are in the middle of a thunderstorm. I didn’t think we were going to have more rain for at least a day or two. It has been a lot of rain for us at one time. On top of the rain, it is also very cool so you know more than my hip is hurting. I will go to the doctor Thursday and hopefully get an injection in that hip. Thanks again for the awesome blog.
    Love you my friend! Donna

    • HI SUE………………OH I ENJOYED THIS ONE, YOUR SENSE OF HUMOUR AMAZES ME, ALL MIXED UP WITH YOUR PAIN, AND I HONESTLY DO NOT KNOW HOW YOU COPE WITH IT ALL…..HERE I AM MOANING ABOUT MY KNEES AND SOME OTHER STUFF, WHICH ALTHOUGH DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH, DOESN’T COMPARE TO WHAT YOU HAVE TO PUT UP WITH. I SALUTE YOU MY BRAVE FRIEND, KEEP GOING, WE ARE ALL RIGHT THERE WITH YOU………LOVE YOU COURAGEOUS LADY……JENNIE XX

    • Donna dear, I am so sorry you didn’t feel up to getting out to the doctor but I sure do understand. Hopefully you’ll get there Thursday and the injection will help. I think it will help or at least pray it does.
      Thank you for your remarks about my sense of humor. In truth, this blog rose out a deep depression I have been in since hearing about my mets from the cancer along with about a dozen other things that have hit me on the head in the last few months. When I saw the oncologist last week I told him I have been depressed and he wanted to put me on an anti-depressant and I said no. He told me if I wasn’t better in a week he would recommend that my primary care physician put me on one. Therefore I came home and had a long talk with myself. Yes, I do that. I thought long and very in depth about what I had experienced over this last year and I just simply went over all the advice I’d given to others over the last many years and took some of my own advice. I know. That sounds weird but I knew the answers were there…somewhere. Surely I hadn’t been through the last thirty years of this painful part of my life and body without learning something.
      The next day I opened all the shades and drapes in our bedroom where I spend so much time. I turned off the news. I went out onto the front porch and spent a few minutes with my plants, pruning, etc. I felt like crap but knew it was up to me to do something. I prayed for strength and joy. I began to remember to count my blessings. Instead of TV I picked up a book and read until my eyes got dry and tired and had to stop. A second cousin of mine has written a book about her mother and I was anxious to read it. It’s so good.
      I dug deeply for the blog because I felt they’ve been a bit too solemn lately and wanted to lighten it up. It also felt really good knowing I wouldn’t have to go back to Portland for an entire month. Now you know. I’ve always had a goofy side and hate to be down and blue. There you go and now that I’ve put you to sleep, I’ll say goodnight. Love you, Sue

  2. Great great blog sue
    Your way with words is fantastic
    I do feel you are stronger and that as you say may have got used to the meds now
    You say you feel hungry on that cake walk…..well done that is a plus point…. I’ll join you there
    Have to say our Jen is up early..what you doin Jen?
    Well I am late today starting,nearly 10.30 am….the amytrip
    So better get going
    Chris

    • Chris, glad you liked this piece and hope your head continues to recover. I am thinking about your Dad and pray all works out with the current caregiver right now. Please read my remarks to Donna as I don’t have the strength to type all of that again. I think of you often and pray to see you improve each day. Love you, Sue

  3. Your poor po po. I worried about the injections that you described being a low blow (pun intended) to your already painful posterior. I know I couldn’t endure what you must. Last winter I had 2 serious falls destabilizing my sacral joints and added shingles to the mix from my waist to hip left around to the middle front. I didn’t have many lesions so assumed that the extra pain was from my pelvis. I still suspect my pain was less than you deal with on a daily basis. You are my hero and inspiration to keep fighting Sue.

    • Bobsled, it’s very odd to think of myself as a hero to anyone. I just tell it like I live it. It isn’t always pretty. I loved your jumping in with posterior, po po and low blow. I am often afraid I will offend someone but I do try to keep it clean. After all, we all have one, right? During my early years of blogging, I heard from so many folks who said they had never read anyone who spoke so openly about their very problem. We need to get over ourselves sometimes and talk about the truth, right?
      Saw the pics of your dear Dad on FB and he looked great. What a sweet dog he has…like his daughter except I know Remi has a few pounds on his pooch. Hope she is doing well, as well as Nessi. Love you, Sue

      • The sweet dog on my dad’s lap is one from my last litter of shelties that now lives with my sister. Dad is doing really well right now still working driving cars for the auto auction at 81. I work hard to try decreasing his worry over my health while keeping him informed. Like Pommom I have to see a cardiologist because of some rhythm issues likely due to the autoimmune issues. My liver is less than happy with me as well so I’m being kind (always have been) to it but we all know that the meds we take are hard on our organs. My systematic inflammation has done damage I’m sure as well so here goes more adventures. I face it because you have paved the way to be matter of fact, to care for my health as best I can with the changes I have and to adjust as things go on.

  4. Sue, dear friend, you definitely haven’t lost your sense of humour and thanks so much for the much needed laughs!
    This past week I went to see “Menopause the Musical” with two dear friends, former work colleagues I hadn’t seen for several years, both of whom are also going through some difficult times and for a brief interval we managed to laugh and leave troubles behind …. but I couldn’t help but think that it wasn’t fair that the cast of four menopausal woman could dance and have the energy to entertain audiences for ninety minutes, two shows a day, without even an intermission, when the three of us just struggled to attend their performance! We entered the aging theatre, I with my cane and my friend limping along beside me, to alarmingly find that our seats were at the top of a very steep set of stairs! I waved to an usher to explained that there was no way the two of us could safely tackle the obstacle in front of us! The kind lady smiled and said she would show us, and only us, a secret staircase up the back of the theatre, and although the journey up was twice as long, it was half as steep, and with hand rails to boot, so our girls night out continued as planned!!!! At the conclusion of the show the audience (as many was possible) were invited on stage to dance with the four cast member and celebrate womanhood but alas, there was no way we could even consider descending those stairs to join them, but it sure looked like fun
    Sue, I concur with you that ” life wasn’t, isn’t and never will be fair.that “,but who should know that any better than you! My PF has just added some new medications to my arsenal of drugs in an attempt, in her words “to keep you safe” until a morning of tests at our Heart Institute on November 20, but that of course is another story.
    Love and Hugs … Pommum
    PS – another grandbaby will be joining our family after Christmas … number SIX

    • Pommum, well, first of all, congratulations on your new grandbaby. And to think when we first starting hearing from you and became friends, you didn’t have any grands? Wow. I’ve seen pics of your grands and must say they are gorgeous children, therefore you tell your kids to keep going at it because they’re making the world a more beautiful place.
      I loved hearing about your night out to the theater. It is amazing that you and your friend got up to your seats at all but so glad you found a kindly usherette to make it possible. It sounds like such fun for each and all.
      I pray the cardiac testing doesn’t turn up anything too scary and if it does, that it can be fixed. This whole gore filled category of rheumatology with its hideous tentacles, doesn’t seem to want any part of us to stay intact. You fight an amazing fight dear lady and have for as long as I have known you. You have my love and respect. Sue

  5. First, where did they get my picture lol ! Second, a cake walk is / was a way to raise money . All these cakes were baked and the ladies walked with the cakes to music and you bid on the cakes. I have seen it done different ways. But that is one
    Now. Great blog. A subject you are well versed in. Most of us have lower back problems some of them venture into the sacro region, as mine does. I have a cushion at church that I use for those benches are terrible even with padding. At home and in bed I have heating pads. And I have a heated cushion in my truck. It is a terrible pain and I think of you all the time When I am complaining to myself I think of poor Sue who suffers more than me and I suck it up !!
    Love you
    Tonie

    • Tonie, I know. Aren’t we so indebted to the woman who invented the heating pad. Surely it was a woman in pain. You’re right dear friend, it is a hideous type of pain because we sit so often going, coming, staying… I figured out some time ago that a cushion isn’t always the answer because we still have the largest half of our body coming down on the tush. The pressure is still there and is only relieved by lying down.
      Thanks also for the cake walk explanation. It pays to have friends from the country. It does make one hungry though, doesn’t it? Sure, I’m lying here right now trying to satisfy that hunger with Greek yogurt and it just ain’t the same but I’m not feeling up to making a cake.
      I hope you’re getting some rest now before your friend returns and hope that is soon. We are all so happy for you and know you are a sweet, loving lady. Hope the home is getting gradually settled. I also hope you are enjoying it as you have so much to do to get all the chores accomplished to prepare for winter. Take care my dear girl, Love, Sue

      • Sue:
        I like to hide a piece of cake in the freezer for times such as that. 🙂 My Frenchman informed me yesterday he will be here on the 23rd. And yes, I am resting as much as I can. Woke up at 4:30 today and I have a church party tonight for the pastor. So I may fall asleep when Ms Alice does today 🙂
        Love ya
        Tonie

      • Hurray, Tonie, he’ll be back in time for Thanksgiving! Perhaps my favorite holiday. No expectations, just pure thankfulness for all that we have and all that we are.

  6. Great blog Sue. I am very sympathetic to your plight. My tush, hamstrings, and calves are screaming this morning. A big rainstorm is on its way. It is finally cooling off, hasn’t been over 85 for a couple of weeks. Positive thoughts and lots of love going out to all, Janet

    • Janet, I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you earlier. I’ve had a lousy day. Hope your pain is better when you read this dear lady. Oh that crazy Texas weather. I do keep up with my family down there. Pain is interesting isn’t it at its ability to rob us of so much time, life and humor. All we can do is be wise, do what we can and defeat it. Thinking of you often and pray you find comfort. Love you, Sue

  7. HELLO….HAD A LOVELY DAY TODAY…..GOT UP EARLY SO I COULD READ THE BLOG……WENT FOR A BIRTHDAY LUNCH WITH MY DH, GOT TO MY FRIENDS RESTAURANT AND IT WAS SHUT, SERVES ME RIGHT I SHOULD HAVE PHONED FIRST. DOUBLED BACK TO TOWN AND ATE AT A HOTEL WE HAVE MEANT TO TRY, MUST SAY IT WAS THE BEST MEAL SINCE WE HAVE BEEN IN FRANCE.
    AFTER THAT AND BECAUSE IT WAS SUCH A GLORIOUS AUTUMN DAY, WE WENT TO A PRETTY VILLAGE KNOW FOR ITS QUAINT HOUSES, TOOK PICS AS YOU DO….THEN WHEN I GOT HOME THERE WERE FLOWERS WAITING FOR ME FROM INTERFLORA SENT BY MY DH…………A PERFECT DAY, I WAS DETERMINED NOT TO LET PAIN SPOIL IT, SO SAID A SILENT PRAYER, AND IT WENT BETTER THAN EXPECTED, GOT A SORE BUTT, BUT IT WAS WORTH IT.

    CHRIS….NOW YOU KNOW WHAT I WAS UP TO….I HOPE YOU HAVE HAD A GOOD DAY LOVE, HOW ARE THINGS TODAY, IS YOUR HEAD ANY BETTER, AND ARE YOU STILL ON LOW DOSE AMY?

    POMMUM……OH I AM SO HAPPY YOU MADE IT TO THE MUSICAL, HOW BRAVE OF YOU ALL TO TACKLE THOSE STEPS, DON’T THINK I COULD HAVE DONE THAT. WHAT HEART TESTS ARE YOU HAVING DONE LOVE? I AM INTRIGUED……CONGRATS ON ANOTHER BABY FOR THE FAMILY.

    LOVE TO ALL FOR TODAY, BEEN THINKING OF YOU……MUCH LOVE
    JENNIE XXXXXX.

    • Jennie, I’m so pleased that reading the blog was part of your birthday today…tomorrow as you read this in France. Sounds like you found a wonderful place to eat in that hotel. The best meal since you went to France…wow. It must have been fantastic. I saw the beautiful bouquet your DH sent to you and they were so cheery and uplifting although you did look tired after your outing. Tired yet as pretty as ever. I love your pride. You always are pressed and fresh looking even when I know you feel like crap. It’s such an important part of keeping up in this crazy lifestyle we are forced to lead. I should have got on here earlier today but had a bad day. Watching the presidential debate and getting so tired of politics. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem important compared to all we face, you know? Is it that way in England and France, too. Too much news and too many talking heads? Hope your DH is doing well. Love you, Sue

      • HI SUE….YES ITS EXACTLY LIKE THAT IN BOTH COUNTRIES, YOU GET SICK OF ALL THE EMPTY PROMISES JUST TO GET THE VOTERS TO ELECT THEM…………………
        YES WE WILL BE GOING BACK TO THAT HOTEL FOR SURE, MAYBE JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS IF I FEEL UP TO IT.
        KNEES SUFFERING TODAY, BUT ITS WORTH IT.
        I AM SO SORRY YOU HAD ANOTHER BAD DAY LOVE, AND THAT TODAY YOU ARE FEELING A BIT STRONGER, WHY DO WE ALWAYS HAVE TO PAY FOR THE BIT OF FUN THAT COMES OUR WAY, ITS AS IF WE DON’T DESERVE IT.
        YOU ARE RIGHT I WAS TIRED ON THE PHOTO, BUT ALSO I HAVE THIS HABIT OF BLINKING WHEN SOMEONE SNAPS ME, AND HAVE RUINED MANY A PHOTO…AH WELL!!!
        TAKE CARE OF “YOU”……………………………………………….MUCH LOVE….JEN X

  8. JENNIE POO SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A PERFECT DAY. SUE MY DEAR FRIEND, YOUR HUMOUR ALWAYS AMAZES ME. YOU ARE ONE COOL CHICK. WITH EVERYTHING YOU ARE GOING THROUGH, DON’T FEEL LIKE I’M ALLOWED TO COMPLAIN. I’M NOT SURE HOW YOU DO IT SUE, BUT YOU JUST KEEP ON GOING (LIKE THE ENERGIZER BUNNY) WITH LOTS OF HUMOUR AND LOVE.
    HOPE YOUR BOTTOM IS FEELING A LITTLE BETTER NOW AFTER THOSE SHOTS. I JUST CAN’T IMAGINE DRIVING ALL THAT WAY AND BACK. MY BOTTOM AND BACK WOULD BE SCREAMING AND THEN THE BAND WOULD CONTINUE WITH MY KNEES, ANKLES, NECK. YOU ARE ONE BRAVE SOUL. KEEP IT UP SUE. I REALLY ADMIRE YOU MY SWEET LADY. CONTINUING TO SEND YOU HEALING PRAYERS. LOVE YOU BIG TIME.
    GOD BLESS YOU AND EVERYONE ON THIS BLOG.
    XXX

    • Suzanne, humor is one of my coping skills. Don’t admire me as I am just like you in that I put my humor and my feet moving just to keep up as best I can. I just enjoy each day more when we can insert laughter into it every once in awhile instead of being sad. Sad is too easy and often has to be overcome one moment at a time. Hang in there my dear as it looks like winter has arrived in Canada. Love you, also, Sue

      • Jennie, I answered your question about my upcoming tests and an explanation of what had happened but alas it was probably too much info anyhow! I am having a thallium stress test and will be given medication to speed up my heart as I am unable to use the treadmill.

  9. Jen glad you had a good day
    Sounds as if it all went well.I like that song….. perfect day.. Don’t know if it’s called that a man sings it
    Well might go away tomorrow ,not sure.weather looks better than it has been
    Lyn sorry your not feeling great..time of year maybe hope it disappears….
    Done nowt today just read my book
    Not sure if dads new carer will go ok for him ..early days tho
    Suzanne
    Don’t know if I mentioned but that’s magic about the Dr
    Pomum
    All those steps..but it sounds like one good girls night out
    Start some packing just incase we do go to shed

    Chris

    • HI CHRIS…..I KNOW THE SONG YOU MEAN, ITS SUNG BY LOU REID/READ….ITS GREAT INIT !!!!
      DID YOU MANAGE TO GET AWAY? I TAKE IT YOU MEAN TO THE SHED? IT WAS 17C HERE YESTERDAY MY DH WAS IN HIS SHIRT SLEEVES, BUT TODAY, MISERABLE AND DAMP. HOW ARE YOU DOING LOVE, ARE YOU ON THE SAME DOSE OF AMY OR HAVE YOU REDUCED IT?……..ENJOY THE TIME AWAY…LOVE JEN X

  10. Morning all:
    Woke up way too early this morning !! Now it is really time to get up and I want to go back to sleep ! Oh well. I had to get up and get a pain pill for my back last night. Woke me up hurting. I will be glad to get it taken care of if it will relieve some of this discomfort and pain.
    Jennie, loved your pics on FB. Looks like you had a lovely day for you outing. Your weather there pretty much mirrors ours. We had a beautiful day here yesterday. Is supposed to be nice until Sat, when the high is in the high 40’s. My mother called this “pneumonia weather”.
    Sue: As to the news, I never turn it on unless it is something I specifically want to see. I read what I want online. It depresses me so much. I therefore have missed every debate thus far. Guess I can look them up online, that way I can fast forward thru them lol !
    It is a serious thing, this election. For we need a strong leader. But I will be so tired of commercials by the time we vote I will hate them all !!
    Chris, enjoy your day. Janet, the heat will cool down soon. We have been overly warm but rainy. I wanted to get a day in riding, but it has been so wet and muddy couldn’t think of it yet. The horses have started begging for hay, so the grass is loosing it’s flavor.
    I big THANK YOU to all our veterans out there. And those gone on. My Daddy, my son and my brother. And all of you who have served or have family who have served.
    Have a great day and
    Love to all
    Tonie

    • Tonie, commented to you above (interchange between you and Sue), then scrolled down and saw how many comments between. Hopefully you will have found it. Have a blessed day.

    • HI TONIE……I THINK YOU HAVE IT SLIGHTLY WARMER THAN US, JUST A TAD, NICE THOUGH, I DREAD WINTER AS THE COLD AFFECTS MY JOINTS BADLY….HOW ABOUT YOU?
      I PRAY YOUR BACK WILL SOON FEEL A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE FOR YOU LOVE, I FORGOT WHEN YOU GO FOR TREATMENT, SOON ISN’T IT?
      WE WERE REMEMBERING ALL FALLEN TROOPS OF ALL THE GREAT NATIONS HERE IN FRANCE TODAY, FIRST AT 11AM FRENCH TIME, THEN AGAIN AN HOUR LATER FOR BRITISH TIME, BUT IT WAS NICE THAT ALL WERE MENTIONED IN SUCH A GOOD WAY, WE MOURN FOR ALL WHO LOST THEIR LIVES FOR US TO LIVE OURS, A LOT FOR YOU TO THINK ABOUT TODAY MY FRIEND…..LOVE YOU JENNIE XX

  11. Remembering and honoring all those who served and are currently serving in the military here and the world over. Thank you, one and all!

  12. Constant pain and discomfort is a horrible way to live! Sue, you inspire us by your strength, wisdom and faith! Keep up the good work! We are listening (reading) even if we don’t always respond.

  13. Hi folks
    At the shed
    Been busy as the ancestry.com has been free for military records today so got a lot of info
    My dad managed to go to a big thing in town and cathedral today for Remembrance Day
    He was pleased as every one knew him
    Back later
    Chris

    • Hi Chris…….Glad you got to the shed, I tried that free “Ancestry.com” last year…..got me nowhere, I had an uncle who was captain of his ship, during WW11 the ship was torpedoed, and he got all his crew off and went down with his ship, got a posthumous award, yet they could find no record of him……..haven’t bothered since, it happen twice so lost the incentive.
      Wasn’t that nice that people remembered your Dad, I bet it gave him a real boost.
      Have a good day at the shed………………………Jen x

  14. Hi Jen
    They only go as far as. WW 1 I think…as people may be living from ww2 .I got a few of my mums side in ww1 and back to 1850 in the army in Nova Scotia…three different generations all had rheumatism mentioned.my gran was bed ridden ( as they used to say ) with it..so it’s definitely in the genes!
    Also I think they have not got them all…shame.as you think you could get on it easy and get on with it

    Well we had a day out just got back..had to sit in car mostly couldn’t move with my back .takes me ages to stand up straight so sore and it catches me. But had a cheese scone and tea at one of our haunts overlooking a creek
    But enjoyed it .lovely day .winds tomorrow forecast 60 mph…be nice to see it from shed tho…..I hope!?
    Yea my dad was pleased Jen gives him a boost
    Well gonna get on with the night going to do a veg soup for tomorrow
    Hope all ok.
    Hope you feeling a bit better sue with it all..
    Chris

  15. Hi folks, just a note to let you know I went to the doctor this afternoon and he did an injection right in the bursa. He hit the right omy hip. He had put numbing medicine in with the cortisone and before I got off the table I had relief. Of course the numbing medicine is wearing 0ff and starting to be a little uncomfortable but the first 48 hours is usually uncomfortable until the cortisone starts working. So please keep me in your prayers. Tonie I will keep praying for you. I pray you get some relief soon. It is going to be cold here Saturday so I will see how I do. Hope everyone else is not in too much pain. Supper is ready so I am going to close for now. Let me know if the typing isn’t coming out clear. Having some trouble with my IPad. They are going to send me a new one. Love, Donna

    • Donna, no fears about your typing or IPad. Looks fine. So glad you had your injection into the hip and pray it gives you some much needed relief. Hope today was better for you after the cortisone had a chance to kick in. We all have to be extra vigilant in this lousy weather and stay layered and warm. It does help to keep the joints with fluids more flexible. Do take care and be good to you. Love, Sue

  16. Dear Friends, Just a quick note to tell you I’ve been without internet service for the last 24 hours so it will take me awhile to get caught up but I will, eventually. Love to each of you. Sue

  17. Good morning all:
    Lyn, I did find your comment, yes he will be here for Thanksgiving ! At Nikki’s with all the kids , should break him in right !. He is actually going to leave to come up on the 20th, because of all the traffic that will be the week of. I think that will work out better for his driving here. I can’t wait to see him again.
    It is SO windy here today, so naturally I feel like YUK ! Supposed to be cold here also tomorrow DOnna, thank you for your prayers, I need all I can get.
    Jenny, I get the injection on the 23rd, then another on Dec 3rd. My Frenchman will be here to drive me to both, so that will be good.
    My poor sister had to have the rest of her remaining teeth pulled on Wed. Now she will have to get dentures and I pray she will get them fitted correctly. She will have to make it thru the holidays without teeth though. She has diabetes and must wait for several months for her mouth to heal beforehand. I am buying my missing tooth for me for Christmas 🙂 It will cost me $325 for the one tooth and I need to make the apt while I am thinking of it.
    Well, I must be getting going. I have a turkey in the oven to cook for a church supper tomorrow. We are selling plates at noon. I have two turkeys, cole slaw, two pies and dressing to make. I have already chopped the ingredients for the dressing. Thank the Lord for the chopper I have. Couldn’t have done it otherwise. I have a cooker to put one of the smaller turkeys in. I am anxious to see how it does.
    Nikki is cooking for Thanksgiving. I still have to make dressing for that and a chocolate and butterscotch pie for her. But that will be nice to eat and leave 🙂
    Well, I pray you all have a wonderful day.
    PS My friend is evidentally upset with me ( girlfriend) and I don’t know what I have done. She is very childish on things, so do I ask her or just let it run it’s course ? What do you think ?
    Love
    Tonie

    • Tonie, all sounds delicious and exciting. I’m glad he will be there for your appointments as well as the holiday. You’re right he’ll get a real experience with the whole family but it should be great. As far as your friend, why not let it play out for awhile and let her cool off with time. If it continues to fester after awhile, you may have to speak up. Let her cool off. That’s my piece of advice for whatever it’s worth. Sounds like you’re working too hard so take care of yourself. Sounds so tasty.
      Big rainstorm here last night with wind. Scared George. He kept barking at the windows. I think he would take on anything, including the weather. Don’t overdo it, okay? Love, Sue

    • TONIE…YOU KNOW ITS LOVE WHEN YOUR GUY WANTS TO BE WITH YOU DURING TIMES LIKE THAT, HE GETS TO SEE THE WORST FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND IS STICKING AROUND FOR THE SECOND….BRILLIANT.
      I BET HE WILL LOVE BEING PART OF A BIG FAMILY, FRENCH PEOPLE ARE VERY IN TO FAMILY, SO HE WILL FIT RIGHT IN.
      MAYBE YOUR GIRLFRIEND IS A BIT JEALOUS OF YOU, SHOULDN’T WORRY ABOUT IT, OR ANYTHING ELSE, JUST RELAX KIDDO, SIT BACK AND ENJOY THE RIDE……LOVE YA….JENNIE XXXX

  18. Tonie
    It’ll be great to have your Frenchman up with you,not long to go now.
    All your food sounds so nice ..how do you manage to keep losing weight??!
    As for your friend…difficult one … You could choose either way and It could be wrong or right …I’d just make up what to do as you go along..sometimes an occasion presents itself! And that’s the right time
    Really windy here..going out later to catch photos when the tides in..I have to stay in a hotel on the Coast becos of the sand and my eyes. Shame . But I can watch
    Ok all back later
    How’s the weather Jen with you
    Chris

    • Chris, sounds like we’re sharing the same wind…You’re right, it and the sand can cause such havoc on the eyes for some of us. You’re always doing such interesting things. Sounds like you are slowly recovering from the head injury. That’s such a good thing. Love, Sue

    • Chrs:
      I just cook it, don’t eat much of it. Yesterday I had a couple bits of dressing with some gravey on it and a piece of coconut pie someone made. Drank too much coffee and of course, over did it. If I cook it , I really don’t want to eat it that much
      Send photos
      Tonie

  19. Tonie
    I never thought of that what Jen said yea…she might be envious …you so happy and someone to share life with . Had you thought of that?
    As I said before and as sue says just take it as it comes and see what happens..she may come out of it
    Windy weekend forecast.nice in the shed tho.book to read and watching the weather .but it’s night here now

    I’m Trying to cut down the amytrip took half last nite and will do tonite. head pains a bit more there..so see how it goes.see if I can take it like that and put up with the pain if it doesn’t get too bad. Get very dry and constipated .and nowt works
    Well back to my book

    Glad your back on the net Sue…..was it the gales that caused it?
    Chris

    • No Chris, it was some wires that came undone. By the way we finally caught one of our rat culprits. He was a foot long. No wonder I thought there was a cat in the attic. Creepy. Rain and more rain here with 50mph winds. Hard to stay dry when the rain hits on all sides, you know. Sue

  20. Just spoke to my dad.he has not been shopping with the carer and has no food in .am going back to do some shopping for him tomorrow .it will be raining and don’t want him to go.
    He doesn’t seem to good either,so will check on him.the carer seems a bit lazy as well
    That shooting in Paris seems bad.its just come thru here on news
    Chris

    • Chris, glad you got to the coast but sorry you have to go back to shop but it’s understandable. Yes, it certainly does sound like the current care giver isn’t doing his/her job if there is no food in the house. Yes, the shooting is now up to 160. Oh dear God…Sue

  21. Dear all, the news is so bad from Paris. How awful, the body count now up to 140 poor souls. The world has gone mad and we must pray for all of those concerned families and pray we get leadership throughout the world who will stomp out this scourge. How tragic this is. Sue

  22. Awful awful news…..what is our world going to do
    Jen…are you worried there. I know you are nowhere near there but still anywhere there is too near.
    Keep safe.i hope you are sleeping
    Sue
    What a size for a water rat..I hope that’s the only one
    Can’t sleep watching Paris on TV. It is terrible. There seems no stopping these terrorists .
    Chris

    • Chris, I know, it’s so sad. I’m just now watching one of our reporters in New York, Geraldo Rivera who is talking to his daughter who was in the stadium today and getting a first hand report. SO much fear in her voice. Prayers for our world. Sue

  23. Yea sue..from me too. Awake eArly now and daren’t put news on its so awful.
    Going to have breakfast and get up and go home it’s nearly 6 am here
    Chris

    • Chris, have a safe trip. I know in many ways you are preparing yourself and mind for your Dad. I hope all is well there and what isn’t, will work out. Hugs.Sue

  24. HELLO….I AM SO SAD TODAY…..THESE PEOPLE ARE NOW MY FELLOW COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN, I HAVE FRIENDS IN PARIS, THEY ARE OK, BUT SHELL SHOCKED…….NO-ONE DESERVES THIS, AND JUST BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A VILLAGE IN NORMANDY, THIS DOES NOT MAKE US SAFE, IT COULD HAPPEN IN THE TOWNS WE VISIT ALL THE TIME FOR SHOPPING ETC, I CAN’T SEE IT STOPPING AT PARIS……………………….GOING TO FRIENDS FOR LUNCH WHERE WILL SPEND A QUIET DAY OF REFLECTION FOR THOSE POOR PEOPLE………………MY LOVE TO ALL THIS WEEKEND….JENNIE XXX

    • So sorry Jennie for what happened in France. Glad none of your friends were hurt. Will continue to pray. Try and have a good weekend. Enjoy your time and lunch with your friends. Love you.

    • Jennie, Thought about you and DH all night. It is such an unspeakable, despicable act it’s difficult to comprehend. Those animals must be stopped but how is the question. Just from the news it looks like the French authorities, police, etc. did a good job under terrible circumstances. Stay safe dear friend. Love and prayers, Sue

    • Jennie:
      This is what my Frenchman says. That this is just the beginning. France has let all these people in and you don’t know who they are. There are no “bad guy” clothes like in the cartoons. And I am afraid they will do these things here in the states as well. So many people have been recruited. Praying for the land .
      You be safe
      Love
      TOnie

      • Tonie, indeed, it does look like we must all be cautious in our country. We’ve already had several episodes and will have more and pray to the Lord we can stop them first. I’ll bet your new friend is heartsick over what is going on in his home country, even more so than we are in this country. I pray we will all form a meaningful coalition and defeat these cockroaches.
        Just a note that our poor old mini-schnauzer, Jake is getting there age wise and behavior wise. He’s starting to just pee wherever he is and is so disoriented due to almost total loss of hearing and partial blindness. It always hurts to reach this point which one of our dear pets. He’s 14.5 years old now and so pitiful. We just bought him a heated dog bed a few days ago, but I don’t know. We will have to see.
        Our rain continues today with some wind, but less. Air is so fresh and sweet. Hope you’re having a good Sunday and hope the back is not reacting to all that cooking you’ve been doing. Lifting turkeys! Your heart is so big my dear friend. I know it’s got to be better than feeling useless which is how I feel lately. Hate that. Love you, Sue

  25. Such a bad bad day for France and us all…those terrible wretches of non humanity

    Arrived back at shed .my dad a bit depressed .talking about soil on top of him……but managed to turn the talk around .DD and GS going to see him tomorrow
    DH bp up this morning so he took half a dose of bp med as he was driving. But then tired so after we saw my dad we went home and he had some sleep
    My head pains coming back a bit with cutting down the amytrip..might stand it on half a tab..have to see
    The side effects with sjogrens are grim and with the constipation double grim !
    Very wet here ,but we’re warm inside
    Just drinking hot chocolate
    Going to read newspaper now
    Chris

    • Chris dear, sorry to hear your Dad is so depressed but it is not that unusual although I know it gives you a heartache. At his age, so much has been taken away from him. I know, actually, much like many of us but a bit more grim due to even more limitations on his body. Maybe the visit from the kids will perk him up. I certainly hope so. Are you feeling badly enough to go back to the whole tablet of your meds? Is it worse when you’re at home? I feel certain your B/P probably goes up a little when you have much to face. That would only be natural. Hope your DH can just rest when he needs to.
      As far as the constipation, I certainly can understand because it’s a problem for me every day. Maybe it’s time to do a blog on the gut once again. Lots of fluids dear girl. Love, Sue P.S. Yes, indeed, it’s like the whole world is facing a pack of rabid dogs.

  26. Sue
    Yea I think the kids will cheer him up?ive mentioned it to DD
    Well I have cut it down for two nites,tonite will be the third.it has built up each nite.along with the ear noises,but if it stays at this level I can take it. The head pains have come on since the cut down,whilst away.funny spikey pains and one gnawing one in middle and odd feeling round my head.along with feeling it being squeezed and full
    I don’t think my BP goes up its always lowish..and I always have water with me sipping away.
    Twice in about 10 days I’ve used a glycerine supp…along with lactulose twice a day so along with a drier resp.tract and drier eyes and mouth…
    Oh dear….I know you know
    Well the gales have started outside again
    Back to reading
    How’s yours coming along you said you’d were again?
    Anymore noises in the attic
    Love Chris

    • Chris, no more noises thus far. Think we have another rat in the basement. Two traps down there now and still two in the attic so hopefully we’ll get them. We’re still having wind and rain. You know it’s blowing when every window on every side of the house gets wet. We’ll chat later about the bowels. Glad you have low blood pressure. Sounds like the full dose of amy. is what you’re going to need. There are better, newer drugs. Have you asked the doctor? Love you gal, Sue

  27. Well the newer drugs seem to have quite serious side effects..so I’m worried to start them
    Yep have to wait and see if I can cope with the head
    It’s a pick and mix of effects with pills .
    Love chris

  28. HELLO…….LIKE EVERYONE, I CANNOT GET MY HEAD ROUND WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN WHAT IS NOW MY COUNTRY, THE CHURCH BELLS WERE RINGING FOR LONGER THAN USUAL HERE IN OUR VILLAGE, AND THE TRICOLOR IS HANGING OUTSIDE MANY HOUSES, SHOPS AND SCHOOLS….ITS AWFUL.

    TONIE….YES I AGREE WITH YOUR MAN, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING, AND WE HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND OBSERVANT, AND REPORT ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS NO MATTER HOW TRIVIAL IT MIGHT SEEM, ITS NOT A GREAT WAY TO LIVE, BUT THEN TO SHOW FEAR IN WHATEVER COUNTRY WE ARE LIVING IN, IS EXACTLY WHAT THESE VERMIN WANT FROM US….IN THE WORDS OF THE PEOPLE OF PARIS…..”WE WILL NOT BE BEATEN”.

    CHRIS….LOOKS LIKE YOUR DAD IS VERY LOW, I AM SO SORRY ABOUT THAT, AND I HOPE THE VISIT FROM FAMILY HELP TO CHEER HIM UP.
    I TAKE PRUNE JUICE FOR YOUR PROBLEM CHRIS, BUT NOT TOO MUCH, JUST A TABLESPOON IS USUALLY ENOUGH TO DO IT, AND AS SUE SAYS…..LIQUIDS.
    THE ENGLISH MAN WHO DIED IN PARIS, WAS FROM COLCHESTER WHERE WE USED TO LIVE, IT UPSET MY DH, BEING A COLCHESTARIAN…..

    SUE…..MORE RATS…OH BLIMEY! THOUGHT YOU HAD SEEN THE LAST OF THEM WITH THE RAT TRAPS….LITTLE BUGGER MUST LIKE YOUR HOUSE, ITS WARM AND COSY, THEY DON’T WANT TO GO…….I TELL YOU IF IT WERE ME, I’D BE OFF LIKE A SHOT. HAVE YOU STILL GOT THE WIND SUE…(NO, NOT THAT KIND) WITH RAIN TOO, WE HAVE THAT TO COME ON TUESDAY.
    HOW ARE YOU DOING SINCE YOUR LAST TRIP TO PORTLAND, DID YOU GET TO HAVE A GOOD REST? SURE HOPE SO.
    OK, HOPE THE DRIVING RAIN HAS STOPPED PLAGUING YOU IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS, I THINK WE COULD ALL DO WITH SOME SUN….AND I AM WAFFLING ON, AND ALL I WANT TO DO IS CRY….SILLY ME, ALL OUT OF KILTER TODAY.

    DONNA AND LYN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONCERN, IT MEANS SUCH A LOT………

    LOVE TO ALL……….JENNIE XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Jennie dear, attempting to get back to your comment before your bedtime. Got a late start this AM here. Yesterday was my methotrexate day so Sat. and Sun. I feel a bit punk. No, dear, we only caught one huge rat but have four more traps set just in case any of his friends want to stop by for a Snickers bar. That’s what the guy uses in the traps.
      I’ve thought of you and DH so much in recent days and can only imagine the heartache that must be felt throughout all of France. This kind of non-human behavior is beyond comprehension…and to do it all in the name of martyrdom and religion! What is to be said as our current crowd in WA DC wants to let in more refugees. It’s unbelievable that they think that way when they cannot be vetted to pick out the terrorists, especially now that we know from the news that one or two of the ones in France were considered refugees. Horrible.
      Try to rest and find a place of peace in your heart. I keep enjoying your beautiful pics of your last outing and can see what a lovely, clean and valued country France is. Much love to you, Sue

  29. Jen
    Nope tried prune juice..no go..I have to keep taking lots of this stuff from Dr ..then eventually……
    Water ..always drinking becos of sjogrens. approx 2 litres a day anyway
    So it’s them blimmin amytrip…..trying to wean off them and see how I go
    I’m worried as DD has to go to London ..train and tube for work next week.
    She made a surprise visit after seeing my dad Today and stayed for lunch going to pop in and see my dad on way back as well….so a long day for her…also GS went to see him
    How’s your son going haven’t heard lately.? Hope niki is feeling easier with her bladder
    Tonie
    Didn’t get photos of tide as it wasn’tin enough .but will send when he gets some.been too rainy of late and windy..still sorting out my FaceTime .DD did it before she went and then she was going to show me then she took me to the shops on her way home and that was it ..I didn’t get to see how it’s done
    I’m so nervous Of it like I am Facebook
    Well I’ve drawn curtains lights on heating on .
    My DD said she’d like to live here……not sure how that would work really!! Couple of days ,a week a couple of weeks…but permanent …..?
    Chris

  30. My dads got a new carer…he likes her and I just spoke to her and she is very open and forthcoming.telling me where she has worked before.i think I mite like her.my dad rang just again to say she is very good
    So this is good news my DD didn’t like the last one.i thought she was a misery
    So,all good.Dh bp ok my head not toooooo bad
    So I’m going for a walk around the site in the windy weather ..just feel like it. Only take me 10 mins
    It’s dark and windy and wild and nice……make sense??!
    Chris

    • Chris, I’m pleased to hear your Dad has a new caregiver he likes. What a relief for him and all of you. Glad DD got to visit with him. Is she serious about wanting to move home again? What about GS? Sounds like something to be thought out, huh? Hope she stays safe in her commute and I can certainly see why you are concerned with this age in which we are living. I can tell you they will never get our guns away from us here in the states with all of this terror in the world. So much fear and sorrow. The world could and should be such a beautiful place but there is always evil, growing and lurking when it is not shut down.
      I wish you would go on FB. It would be fun to have you there but yes, I know you have your reservations. Well, I must put some food in my sensitive gut so will close for now. Love, Sue

  31. Sue
    No she just fancied thinking she could move to this area and live in the shed during the week
    Just dreaming she was. She just does love it here close to beach and the shed. Of course where we would fit in is another thing!
    As soon as she steps in the door she says she loves it here…which I like …I like to think she likes the same places as we love
    Can’t wait till I ring my dad in the morning to see how this new carer is doing
    Did I say she is from Bulgaria ,has been here for three years and done this work .she used to work in Greece ..I loved it that she was so chatty and could understand what I said..the others didn’t
    She said I will look after your dad and be with him all the time and take good care.and if you like me I will stay for as long as you wish…….sounded good,so,we shall see.
    I will know more when I go back and see her
    But tomorrow we are going to a bird nature reserve that overlooks the coast.they have a nice cafe so I can sit and see and read and drink tea….. And DH can go and photo whatever and come back and fore.
    Ok gonna go back to my book
    Hope all having a good weekend
    Not long now tonie till the 20th
    Chris

    • Chris dear, that does sound good for your Dad’s care. Good. As far as DD living in the shed…well, I guess that’s so long to your refuge away from it all but of course, it would be nice to see more of her. Doesn’t sound that serious though, huh?
      I was going to tell you I’m sending back my second pair of Hotter brand shoes. They just don’t fit me and I was so hopeful and love the way they look. Think it’s my feet. Looks like I’ll just wear sandals all winter with socks and hope it doesn’t snow and then dig out the old shoes. I’ve been sticking so close to home these days it seems, anyway.
      Enjoy your read. Later, Sue

  32. No sue it’s never gonna happen. Just my DD is one to make things happen..but she’s way off the point there!
    Poor ol jake…lovely comfort for him to have a heated bed like that.
    As for your shoes I dread buying them as you know….and I’ve only got boots for winter and sandles for summer . Nothing inbetween. And for some years I’ve got away with it.i just don’t go anywhere that shows me up!
    Chris

  33. Janet, You have such a kind heart. I can hardly see for crying as your remark struck me. Thank you my dear friend. Love you, Sue

  34. Sue, so sorry to hear the latest news of Jake. You will know what to do and when, I am certain. It is so hard, though. Poor fellow.

    Prayers continuing for France and our world, and for all here.

    • Thanks Lyn, it’s so difficult but maintenance is becoming so difficult for me now, physically. Jim doesn’t want to diaper Jake and I don’t think he has any quality of life but he is comfortable, eats well and is clean. Yes, we’ll know.
      Indeed, the whole world is a darker place this last couple of days and we all know we are at war. Hope our administration knows it. Love, Sue

  35. Sue:
    Well, got thru the day, ate lunch, took Dev home and hit the couch in my jammies at 3 pm. I slept off and on all afternoon and now am in the bed wondering if I will rest tonight. I do feel some better after the sleep. But I know I need more.
    Chris: Yes, the week will pass quickly, esp as I have to get things done around here. Spiffing up some. Glad your dad got a new care person. Hopefully she will work out.
    Jennie: Thinking of you guys so much. My heart goes out to any country in the midst of this chaos and murder. I was trying not to tear up when talking to my Frenchman the yesterday. It just reminds me so much of 9/11 here. We have to fight these people however we can. Unlike our leaders who keep insisting that “global warming’ is more harmful to us than Isis !! Idiots !
    Janet: So good to see you on here my friend. I think of you so often.
    Lyn: Hope all is well with your clan. I am so looking forward to my injection on the 23rd.
    Sue, poor Jakie ! I know Jim is upset with his demise as are you. But you will do the right thing when the time comes for him. It is just a very hard step to take. Love you
    Tonie

    • Tonie, good for you. You surely did need the rest. You have been working so hard. Hope you sleep well tonight. I feel the same way about what has happened in France and is happening in the world. It’s so tragic I’ve done my share of crying today and yesterday, as well. Now the current administration is letting five terrorists transfer to the UAI. Like anyone things they won’t end up back here killing people or in Europe. What is wrong with our government? It made me furious.
      Don’t get too carried away tomorrow, okay? Love you much, Sue

  36. Sue
    The time will feel right for you when the time comes with jake.you have made him as comfy as you can and you will do whats best for him.all would wish it otherwise for you. But he has had a lovely life with you and Jim . Not a descision that will be easy to make but you will know you have done what’s best
    Love Chris

  37. Well I rang my dad And he said she is ..bl..dy marvellous .. She did ring me earlierto say he has no meds left and she is going down to the chemist for them to sort it out with the Dr ..as the Dr,s telephone is busy on a Monday . So she doesn’t just offer the problem she finds a solution….but how did the other carers let it get low. He has today’s there so that’s good
    So all good there for my dad
    Chris

  38. HELLO……………..GOSH THERE IS A LOT TO CATCH UP ON TODAY……WELL THERE WAS A VERY MOVING MINUTE’S SILENCE IN PARIS AND THROUGHOUT EUROPE AT 12AM TODAY, LEFT ME IN TEARS, AS IT DID WITH MANY, THEY HAVE CAUGHT THE LEADER, BUT FROM HIM WILL BE SPAWNED MANY OTHERS……………….SO PLEASE BE CAREFUL OUT THERE WHEREVER YOU ARE.

    CHRIS…….GLAD YOUR DAD HAS A NEW CARER, HOPE THIS ONE WILL BE OK FOR HIM. ARE YOU SAYING YOUR DD WANTS TO LIVE NEAR TO WHERE THE SHED IS, OR BACK HOME?? TIM IS OK, HE IS TRYING TO WORK THROUGH A JOB E HATES STILL, AND NIKKI, IT SEEMS TO BE AN ON OFF THING, WHICH IS VERY PUZZLING. GOT THE BAD WEATHER ON THE WAY, MY DH JUST MANAGED TO GIVE THE GRASS ON LAST CUT TILL NEXT YEAR, AND THE ROSES ARE ALL PRUNED……YAY!!

    SUE……I CANNOT SEE A POST ON HERE BY YOU SAYING WHAT IS WRONG WITH JAKE, SO I MUST PRESUME ITS OLD AGE, POOR LITTLE MAN, GETTING UPSET JUST THINKING ABOUT IT, I AM BEGINNING TO SEE CHANGES IN SACHA NOW TOO, JUST SMALL THINGS, BUT NEVERTHELESS ITS UPSETTING, I STILL CALL HIM “PUP”.
    IS IT THE METHOTREXATE THAT MAKES YOU SICK?? IS IT ALWAYS A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE THE FELLING GOES AND YOU GET TO EAT A BIT MORE?

    TONIE………….THIS MUST HAVE HIT YOUR MAN HARD, DID HE HAVE ANYONE TO WORRY ABOUT IN PARIS? I AGREE WITH YOUR POINT OF VIEW ENTIRELY. NO ONE NATION CAN AFFORD TO SIT ON THE FENCE ABOUT THESE BLOODY MURDERS. DON’T GO WORKING YOURSELF TO A STANDSTILL TONIE, REST UP SOME, TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY.

    SUE…HAVING READ FURTHER DOWN THE PAGE, I CAN SEE THE ANSWER TO MY QUESTION ABOUT JAKE, AND I FEEL THE SAME AS THE OTHERS, YOU WILL KNOW WHEN ITS TIME, AND I KNOW AS MOST OF US WILL, THAT THE HEARTBREAK IS INEVITABLE, BUT TAKE COMFORT FROM KNOWING HE WILL FEEL NOTHING AS YOU KNOW……DOESN’T REALLY HELP THOUGH, I REMEMBER HOW IT WAS WITH ANNIE………………….GOD BLESS LOVE.

    CHRIS…….JUST CAUGHT UP WITH YOU AGAIN TOO……………..I CAN SEE THE CARER IS A GOOD UN’ HOPE SHE CAN STICK AROUND FOR AWHILE…….IF DD LIVES AT THE SHED THROUGH THE WEEK, WON’T THAT STOP YOU GOING THERE SOMEWHAT??

    LYN……………..HOPE YOU ARE ALRIGHT, AND THE FAMILY.

    JANET…..I AGREE GREAT TO SEE YOU ON HERE…..HOPE YOU ARE OK TOO.

    WELL THAT TOOK A LONG TIME, AND FEELING VERY TIRED AND UPSET, SO BETTER BE OFF, AND WISH YOU ALL A GOOD DAY, AND ONCE AGAIN, BE CAREFUL…………….LOVE AND HUGS….JENNIE XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  39. Morning Peeps !
    Well I woke to a cold and frosty morning. Looks like November is actually here. I am being lazy today. I fed and watered the animals, got my coffee and came back to bed. Where I intend to stay for another hour or so. I have to take the Jeep in for winter tires today. Then when I get back, clean the chicken coop out, and put fresh hay down for them. I am still tired. I slept a few hours and woke up a few hours.
    Jenn: Yes he has friends in Paris. As of Sat he had not heard back from them. He has been traveling with a friend to horse sales, so hasn’t spoken on the phone . So not sure if he heard back . He was pretty upset.
    Chris, sounds like this one is indeed a keeper. You kissed a lot of frogs to get there though didn’t you ?
    Love to you all
    Tonie

  40. Jen
    Indeed there would be no room for us, well it wouldnt be our shed then…but it’s only wishing it ain’t happening
    Well last nite I got those awful nightmares I have reducing the amytrip ..I get three nights of it.i dreamt of small crocodiles crawling out of a bottle and getting bigger and I was falling on them and could feel there fatness and a green colour. Mostly it’s snakes. I halved them three nites ago and so it starts .so another two nites to go.i prob try and stay awake.then I’ve got another three nites if I reduce again
    Takes all morning to get it off my mind ! Well a couple of hours
    Nice day here got some washing out drying.got a dryer but like it out best
    Back later
    Chris

    • OH HECK CHRIS!!! THAT SOUNDS AWFUL, I HOPE THIS IS NOT HAPPENING TOO MANY TIMES, IS THIS JUST WHEN YOU ARE ON REDUCTION?? GLAD YOU HAVE IT CLEAR IN YOUR MIND ABOUT THE SHED….IT AIN’T FOR THE SHARING….WELL NOT ON THAT SCALE ANYWAY…….STICK TO YOUR GUNS MRS…..LOVE JEN X

      • This is a quick note to all. The injection has stopped all the horrible pain in my hip. It looks as though he did a fantastic job of hitting it in the exact spot in the bursa. Usually I have about 48 hours of pain after the numbing med wears off after a cortisone injection. No pain, none at all. I feel such relief that I can get up in the morning and go downstairs and sit at my kitchen table and have no pain in my hip. I thank you all for your prayers. I will be leaving for the beach going to my daughters house in the morning. I covet your prayers. My daughter Racheal is going with me so I will have someone with me this time. I will be back December 2nd. I will be following the blog. Everyone please take good care of yourselves. I pray no one gets sick. I pray all of the folks who celebrate Thanksgiving have a wonderful day with your family. God Bless all of you! Love you all!! Be back soon! Donna

  41. HEY DONNA….THAT’S GREAT NEWS, SO PLEASED FOR YOU, I HOPE YOU AND RACHEAL HAVE A SAFE TRIP TO YOUR DAUGHTER’S AND HAVE A GREAT TIME AT THE BEACH….WISH I WAS COMING WITH YOU, ITS GREY AND MISERABLE HERE, SUCH A HORRIBLE ATMOSPHERE TOO ALONG WITH SUCH HEARTACHE.
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND LOOK AFTER YOURSELF…………………..LOVE JENNIE X

  42. Donna, what wonderful news! Safe travels and enjoy your visit!

    Chris, so happy to hear your Dad (and you) like this carer and that she is happy to remain there. I pray it continues.

    Tonie, I am sorry to hear your Frenchman has friends as yet unheard from. I pray they are all right. Winter tire time already? I guess I’ll need to start looking at when to put them on our little convertible. I’ll probably drive the SUV most of the time, but if SB needs it for work and I need to go out, it’ll be in the convertible. Thankfully, it is AWD and with the snow tires I was fine last winter.

    Jennie, you are so sweet to ask after us, and for checking in with me via FB 😉 I confess I’ve felt better. Was on an upswing, but then overdid it. Thankfully, SB took over dog walking (walk/run, in his case) for me yesterday and said he would again today. I absolutely couldn’t yesterday and don’t think I could really today. Maybe a shower will perk me up a bit. Not sure, though, as I expended a lot of energy at rehearsal last evening. I feel like I could sleep all day today. If I took a muscle relaxant like I should, I probably would! But enough complaining. Compared to so many here, I think I have it easy. Sorry for your dreary weather, but even more so for what you all must be feeling. I know how it was here in the wake of 9/11. I feel we are experiencing what you felt then as all in France are experiencing what we did. I wish none of us needed know any of it.

    Best to all! Time for me to stop rambling. Exhaustion is taking over, I fear.

    • HI LYN
      BEEN OVER DOING AGAIN THEN? DON’T WE ALL AND THEN SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES, YES YOU SHOULD HAVE TAKEN YOUR MUSCLE RELAXANT, DOES IT MATTER IF YOU SLEEP A LITTLE MORE?
      BLOOMING EXHAUST GONE ON THE CAR SO GOT TO TAKE IT IN TO THE GARAGE TOMORROW, WONDER IF THEY CAN DO ANYTHING FOR MY CHASSIS AT THE SAME TIME…HA HA!!
      WE HAVE ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS OF DREARY WEATHER TO CONTEND WITH LOVE, SO YOU JUST HAVE TO GET ON WITH IT, ITS THE RAIN AND DAMP FOG THAT I CAN’T STAND, SEEMS TO INFLICT SO MUCH PAIN ON THE JOINTS, DON’T YOU THINK?
      TAKE IT EASY LYN, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS FOR OUR FEELINGS OVER HERE, OUT OF EVERY NATION YOURS WILL UNDERSTAND THE MOST WITH 9/11, AND THE BRITS WITH 7/7.
      LOVE …..JENNIE X

  43. Donna, what wonderful news for you. It sounds like you will have much to be thankful for now dear lady. Do have a blessed and safe trip to see your daughter. Love, Sue

  44. Donna
    Good news to hear have a wonderful time

    Well I kept TV and light on last night so I tried not to go to sleep.did so for about 2 hrs split during the night not enough to have a nightmare,so another nite tonight.i usually have three nights of these nightmares on reducing .so hopefully that will be that till I stop the half completely…the dreams are so terrifying …what is it doing to do that …sounds like the dts
    Winds are really going round the shed about 70 mph..trees going.have some big ones around
    Sounds nice but prepared for a power cut
    How’s it with you Jen?
    Going to a history lecture up,here tomorrow night and another on Friday
    I rang the care agency as my dad likes this carer.so she can stayShe can stay there all the time.but her daughter is over in America and she is going there for a few weeks in April ..so that’s a long time yet so haven’t said anything to my dad
    He likes the way she does a cucumber and tomato salad….he’s had three on the trot with his meal.dont know what she does. Maybe I can learn a few tips. She does sound very nice
    Ok well back later if wifi still going
    Chris

    • Chris, such good news about your Dad. Salad sounds fab. Yes, April is a long way away. But I am worried about you. Please consider changing meds. Can the side effects be any worse than the ones you’re having on the current medication? You must sleep. Just concerned for you.
      We are also having strong winds and more blasting rain all day today. Snow in the mountains here in the state and in WA state. It’s scary when it shakes the house. We have the whole house generator. Do you have a way to keep warm? You probably have a nice cozy fireplace. I didn’t ask if you’re at the shed; was assuming you’re at home. Your lectures always sound so interesting.
      Working my way through a mile high stack of catalogs. They just keep coming because I order so much every year from them for gifts. I think they all share addresses with each other even if you’ve never ordered from them or not. Trying to get some shopping done early. I’ve had several bad days. Might partially be the weather or all the other complications in my life. A girl can only take so much…right? Love you, Sue

  45. Hi sue
    Well the side effects like this are just coming off them,.the other meds have some serious effects that concern me.i know the amytrip has some anti sjogren ones too …oh I don’t know.really I may have too

    I’m at the shed. The history lectures are ones we found out are up here.
    Yep we are warm here have central heating off bottled gas and also a central elec fire. Also a large gas cooker and microwave ..but if power goes we won’t have anything as the central heating needs an election pump.but as of now 2.30 am we are ok.winds have abated. But they come up again tomorrow
    Well we got each other ! And can use the gas stove to make a hot drink
    We will see what damage round about tomorrow
    I haven’t started on Christmas yet..have to .but we only have a small family.but the Choice is difficult to get something different each year
    I do hope as the days go by you get to feel better ….I think the continuing winds do no good,especially with the promise of winter.
    This is my last night of trying not to sleep anyway
    Chris

    • Chris, thanks for making me feel assured as to your safety. Glad you’re at the beach house. The lectures will be fun and I do understand about the complications, especially when they relate to Sjogren’s and us. Do take care and try to follow the guidelines for the bowel thing that I sent via email. Hang in there dear friend. Hopefully you won’t have to take anything for the concussion very soon. Hope you get some much needed sleep. Love ya, Sue

  46. Hello Peeps:
    So much news to catch up on tonight. Lyn, take your meds. Sleep a little more, it will help. We push and push ourselves, but find it hard to rest up afterwards.
    I had an easy day today. We took Ms Alice to have her hearing aids cleaned and checked, then out to lunch, by the time we got back it was time for me to leave. We ate at this little Italian place. Ordered a “small” calzone. This thing was big enough for 3 people. I left 3/4 of it at their house for lunch tomorrow. Very light supper tonight, cup of soup and some fruit.
    Chris, change your meds. There has to be another one you can use.
    Well, my eyes are crossing, so I will close
    love to all
    Tonie

  47. Lyn, I’m so worried to hear you are having such a bad time of it. Pleased at your dear son for walking Sadie. She will not be deprived in your family, that’s for certain. Please rest extra amounts and eat your protein. Stay warm and know you’re loved and being sent warmest hugs to feel better. Love, Sue

  48. HELLO……..MAY I PLEASE HAVE PRAYER FOR MY DAUGHTER NIKKI WHO WAS RUSHED TO HOSPITAL THIS MORNING, THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG IN HER BLADDER, BEEN GOING ON FOR ABOUT FIVE WEEKS, WITH MUCH USELESS MEDICATION……SHE IS VERY ILL NOW, AND I AM WORRIED SICK.

    CHRIS…I AM SORRY YOU ARE HAVING A BAD TIME OF IT MY FRIEND, WITH YOUR MEDS AND HOWLING WINDS. SO GLAD YOUR DAD’S CARER IS STILL BEING OF SUCH GOOD HELP TOO.

    SUE……HOW IS JAKE, BEEN THINKING ABOUT HIM A LOT. I HOPE TOO THAT YOUR WEATHER IS IMPROVING, I HATE THE HIGH WINDS WHEN EVERYTHING CREAKS AND THE POWER GOES OFF….AND THAT’S JUST ME….ONLY KIDDING, I HAVE SO MUCH ON MY MIND, I HAVE TO MAKE A FUNNY TO RELEASE THE TENSION, AT THE MOMENT I AM SITTING HERE WITH A FACE LIKE A YARD OF GRAVY.

    TONIE……SOUNDS LIKE YOU AND MISS ALICE HAD A FINE OLD TIME, WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE, FANCY WHAT YOU HAD BEING BIG ENOUGH FOR ANOTHER MEAL EVEN.

    LYN……I AM WORRIED ABOUT YOU TOO, GET AS MUCH SLEEP AS YOU CAN LOVE, AND DO AS SUE SAYS AND EAT YOUR PROTEIN……………………

    WISH MY DAUGHTER WAS HERE WITH ME, SEEING A FRENCH DOCTOR IN A FRENCH HOSPITAL…..OH HECK I’M OFF FOR A GOOD OLD BLUB………………………….LOVE YOU GUYS…..JENNIE XXXXXXXX

    • Oh Jennie, I share your concern for your DD. Let’s pray this time they get it right and find a diagnosis so they can find a solution. Let us know, okay? Much love, Sue P.S. Jake is still here but life is getting rougher for the little guy and us.

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