Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cold Weather Has Arrived. Ugh.

The cold is here and it is yucky. I live in Southern Louisiana so it is not as cold as some of you.  

For in case you don't know Southern Louisiana's weather is weird. It can be sunshine in one area and one mile away it could be raining. 

Yesterday, as I walked out the door it was in the 80's and cloudy. We did have high rain percentages but in the afternoon so I was hoping and praying I would make it home before. That wasn't the case. 

I had to travel to my childhood hometown, of New Iberia 45 minutes away. Half way, in Broussard I stopped to have my hair cut at my niece's shop. She is awesome. Since I know some of you live around here I'll give my niece a free ad. She owns Salon Muse In Broussard on Albertson Parkway. She has a Facebook page. So if you need a hair cut I highly recommend her. Not because she is my niece, but because she is good at what she does.  If you need the phone number message me and I'll give it to you.

Then I made my way to my destination, New Iberia. I went to the Rosary House. I've wanted a Nativity Scene for ages. I decided it was the time. It's a table top one.  I'll be sure to post a picture.

It was time for my GI appointment. The PA stated my residual symptoms of the gastroenteritis could be from my gallbladder. I'm waiting for my appointment to do an ultrasound of my gallbladder.

After my appointment  I was making my way back home to my little hick town that I love. About 5 minutes driving on the interstate, it started raining Two miles further it abruptly stopped. However, about 20 miles later rain resumed and it got a lot worse as I went along.  At the busiest area I could hardly see but there was this one particularly moron going 50 miles an hour weaving in and out of traffic. He nearlyclipped me and ran a woman off the road. We both honked our horns and made gestures at him.   It was stressful.

.Luckily, I wore a long sleeve shirt although it was in the 80's. According to the meteorologist the temperature dropped 30 degrees in 6 hours. It was windy and cold. The next few days more rain and colder is to come. They also say we may get few sleet pellets and snowflakes but it won't accumulate. Thank God. 

I was watching a video of a family who lives in UTAH and they have snow. It is beautiful and so serene but I wouldn't want to live in it.

Until next time...stay safe and warm

Thanks for dropping by!






Friday, December 1, 2017

Gastroenteritis Sucks!

HI EVERYONE!

It's been a rough few weeks. I couldn't get rid of a urinary tract infection.  Then when I finally conquered that something else came up. Tis my life. Sigh.

This may be too much information but it is my life. For the past 2 months, after supper I have had excessive gas. I mean it started from the time after I ate until the time I went to bed. Passing gas is usually normal so I was kinda excited. On the other hand, deep down something was telling me it was an aura of something big coming. 

I was right.  

Wednesday before Thanksgiving diarrhea and cramping started. The cramping had me folded over. The diarrhea was so bad I had a thought of just getting a book, a footstool and sit on the toilet because I was going that often 

Regardless, I had a nice Thanksgiving. I didn't eat a lot because I knew the cramps would come. 

Friday after Thanksgiving, my reflux began and nausea was setting in. Nausea alarms me because when I start vomiting I'm prone to dehydration and weight loss. Of course, my GI doctor and regular doctor was off for the long weekend.😧

So I made my way to Urgent care. Evidently, no one could get to their doctor that day. There was a 2-1/2 hour wait  but actually I was in there for four. The Nurse practitioner said it sounds like I had gastroenteritis. He didn't want to give me anything for the diarrhea because of my history of constipation. I tended to agree with him. So he told me to drink 40 oz of Pedialyte per day and eat 3 crackers every hour.  (This was something new I've never been told to do in such detail.) He also gave me Zofrain for nausea. Zofrain rocks because it rids of the nausea without putting you to sleep.

The diarrhea finally stopped Friday night. But the cramps were horrendous. I suffered through the weekend. 

Monday, I finally talked to my GI doctor's office. He is in my childhood hometown 50 miles away except Thursday's when he comes to a city 10 minutes from home. After emphasizing my dilemma to the unsympathetic receptionist she said if I wanted an appointment at the office near here they could take me DECEMBER 21. I told her there would be no way I could wait until then. So she said the earliest at the other office she could put me Dec 5th. I grudgingly took the appointment. 

Tuesday, I called my GP and they took me that day.  ALLELUIA! Her diagnosis was same as urgent care. Except she gave me 3 days of Zithromycin to hopefully kill the bug and Carafate to take three times a day to coat my stomach. After taking the first dose Zithromycin I felt so much better two hours later I am able to eat a little better. I'm still queasy sometimes and my GERD is acting up but I can handle it. I get a cramp here and there. I continue to have gas.

I will keep my appointment with my GI doctor although I KNOW I will not see him. I only see him for procedures. I see the Nurse Practitioner who acts like a Robotic PDR (Physician's Desk Reference). I keep thinking I need to change and I had tried one once and that was a fiasco.

By the way, Tuesday Urgent Care called to see how I was doing. That was nice.

So there it is...reason why I disappeared again.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time.... be thankful for your health

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dr Rob's Bomb

When it comes to my medical needs I hate change. I had been going to my GP, Dr Rob, for over 18 years. He was down to earth, unlike many stuffy doctors. He is patient, understanding and thinks outside the box. He saw me go through a lot of changes in my life, a lot of ugly but some good too. I say he saved my life going beyond his duty. I will always be grateful and thankful

The past few years I heard his frustration with dealing insurances etc. He was stressed. I knew a change was coming but not what it actually was.

He told me on a visit that he would be changing course in his practice. He will be joining a network called MDVIP.  It's a Wellness Program that is personalized to the patient. It's focus is preventive care. The amount of patients he will have would be much less, from 3000 to 300. But it is also VIP care. You call, you get to talk to him to name one. .There's also a yearly fee. You can read the details at https://www.mdvip.com/patients/benefits/annual-wellness-program.

He said he didn't want to seem like he was throwing me under the boss and wasn't sure if I would benefit from it with all my medical issues but we could try. He gave me a whole bunch of information and I had a few months to think about it.

I walked out of the office angry, sad, frustrated and scared. I cried the 45 minutes to get to my house.

I read over the benefits and talked it over with my Hubby. I was terrified because what if I can't get a doctor that understands me? What if I can't get someone that LISTENS to me and respects my knowledge of my body and illnesses?

I wrote down the pros and cons. I pondered if I wanted to pay the yearly fee plus what I pay for my Medicare. I was in limbo. 

I thought if I got a new doctor, it would be much closer. I drove 45 minutes one way to see Dr Rob. I contemplated whether I wanted to try a female or male doctor. I had a few months to figure it out.

God answers in mysterious ways.

I was sitting in my eye doctor's office one day and was reading a local independent paper. There was a huge ad that a physician's office was accepting new patients. It was a husband and wife clinic only 10 miles away.

I made an appointment to interview her.  I was anxious because I know I'm not an ordinary patient. MyHubby came with me. She was thorough. I felt comfortable with her. I'm staying with her.

Dr Collins is a petite blond who reminds me so much of my daughter (when she had her blond hair). I didn't scare her with all the multiple problems I have so that was a plus. 

I'm trying to word this next thing I want to say. I'm just going to say. . I love Dr. Rob and he has done so much for me. However, after seeing Dr Collins and what her plan is I think she will be doing a similar thing that Dr Rob changed to without the extra cost. S

When I went to Dr Rob, we only dealt with the acute problem and there were so many at one time.. With Dr Collins she went through whether or not a list of preventive tests, such as mammogram, colonoscopy etc was done. I have a feeling she will be helping me keep up to date with them.

So far, the staff is great. They are all friendly and helpful. Some of Dr Rob's staff I just wasn't comfortable with. 

It was such a relief that I found her. Oh and for a bonus,  her office is less than 10 minutes away. Yea! 

I wish Dr Rob success in his new journey.

God answers prayers

Until next time...call a friend you haven't talked to for a while to say hello.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Big 55

Today is my birthday! I'm the Big 55. I have been reflecting on my life. I guess birthdays do that to you.

I am so blessed to have a family and friends that I have. Everyone is awesome.

I think I say this every year but I'm amazed that I'm still here. I guess God is not ready for me. I'm okay with that.

Hubby had to work but he left a bag of Dove's chocolate covered fruit and a beautiful card.  Did you get the CHOCOLATE part?  I LOVE chocolate! He is also bringing supper home. No cooking is a gift in itself! 😊

My parents called and sang Happy Birthday to me and sent me a card. My sister sent me a a birthday wish via email and card snail mail.

My daughter posted a FB b'day wish and I get to see her for lunch Thursday. YAY!

Speaking of Facebook. I have received so many Happy Birthday wishes. It makes me smile and my heart sing that everyone took one minute out of their day to wish me a Happy Birthday. Thank you! I'm trying to respond to each one individually.

As mentioned on previous birthdays I share my birthday with my Uncle. I don't know why he made it his business to come into this world on my birthday a few years later. You know I love you (Uncle) Robert.

A childhood friend, Gwendolyn who also shares my birthday is celebrating with the angels. She is gone physically but always here in my heart. I love you Gwen and Happy Birthday.

I've been tweaking this blog. Changed font colors and a little layout. If you have any suggestions or comments about it please share.

Until next time..tell the people you love that you love them.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Can't Get Rid of Me Yet

Hi My Faithful Followers,

I know I have not been consistent. It seems that I say this every time. I promise my intentions are good. I've been seeing visits on my FB blog page. I thought how I feel when I go to a site and there is nothing there. Guilt seeped in as well. So I don't know how long this will last but just know I appreciate all of you.

Here is a summary of what has been going on in my crazy cajun life.

I went to my surgeon hoping I would be discharged in August. I wasn't. It's been over a year. My swallowing is better. My throat still feels weird sometimes but maybe that'll pass too.  The pain in my neck and legs are gone and that's the most important thing!

Then somehow I sprained my foot. I think I have a clue but nothing definitive.  I figured it'll heal so I hobbled on the other foot with my walker I had from surgery. Thank God I kept the walker. That was a mistake because it aggravated the other ankle. I had a hard time getting around.  After 3 weeks of frustration I finally went to the doctor.

Here's something to think about.  When I went to Dr. L for my neck the first time, he sent me to the surgeon, Dr B. When I called for an appointment for my ankle asking for Dr K, the receptionist said that the doctors have their own area of expertise. So off I went to see Dr C in the same clinic. Then Dr C sent me to Physical therapist B, again in the same clinic.

I had to pay an initial visit for every one of them although they are still in the same office. I guess it's logical but they could have given me a discount. Wouldn't you agree? I'm sure they all have a share of the huge practice. I can guarantee they are making big bucks.

Dr C informed me that I had tendinitis in both ankles, plantar fasciitis and a flat foot. I knew something was wrong but gee whiz. He did x-rays, gave me an anti-inflammatory and referred me to PT. 

The PT put the orthotics in my shoes and informed me that my shoes is a culprit of my problem. "SIGH". He also snuck in that I am getting older (like I need a reminder) and since I have CP, all the weight I've put on my lower extremities all these years is also a contributing factor. Of course, he gave me exercises to do. I will elaborate on this in another post coming soon.

Before all of this my GP, Dr Rob threw me a bomb. He informed me that he was changing course in his practice. Okay, I'll be  honest . I knew he was stressed and unhappy and there was change coming.  BUT NOT THIS! He didn't want to"throw me under the bus" and he wasn't sure if I would benefit from his program.  I've been with Dr Rob for many years, I think 18. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I love and respect him and how he really cares and can think out of the box, what I absolutely need sometimes. After the shock (and yes some anger at first) subsided I was so depressed but God works in mysterious ways. Stay tuned.

I'm sorry I keep saying stay tuned but I just want to run down the main events in my life thus far trying to catch you up with my crazy life.

Other than that I just continue to live one day at a time, trying to jump over the obstacles and push through everything that is thrown at me. 

Once again, MyHubby has been amazing. You have no idea how much crap he has to deal with being married to me. He has only shown  compassion, understanding and helpfulness. He not once complained or tried to minimize what I was going through.

Everyone is doing well. I think my Mom is having the beginning stages dementia or Alzheimer's. But everyone is healthy in their own way.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm trying to get into the swing of things again. I don't promise every day but more than I've been.

Until next time. Smile at someone and make their day!


P.S. Sorry I forgot to put a title