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Oh, so busy!


Last Wednesday I went to see my gastroenterologist. No big, just... reporting on things. All fine, no relapses, like grease through a goose and all that. He was called away at the last minute so I saw his nurse practitioner. She wrote me another script for ativan (yay!) and asked if I'd ever been on prednisone.

Uck. Prednisone. I said "yeah, but I fight with any doctor who prescribes it because I don't feel it really helps me. In fact, it makes me angry because I gain weight when I take it. And anger leads to stress (or is it the other way around) and that just leads to a relapse in my damn condition.

Then she asked if I'd ever had a bone density scan. "No, I'd always kind of assumed that since I have a large bone structure that osteoporosis would be one of the last things I'd have to worry about. Au contraire! So she had one of the scheduling nurses set me up with a Dexa Scan here in town. That's what I did this morning.

Then I went shopping at Big!Lots. Among the other trashy!treasures I found I got some Miracle Grow potting soil. 4 cu ft. It was enough to fill 4 large planters, three of which now have heirloom tomatoes. The fourth has boxwood basil, marjoram (for making sausage), and chives.

I used some potting soil I had around the house to renew the geranium pots. Then I put all the "yet to go into the ground" plants up with the big pots so I could water everything at once.

Right now my hollyhock is blooming, and I've got two more pineapple tops that I'm going to try to start as plants. I just need to find all the stuff to do it. If I"m feeling really ambitious later I might start the air layering on my rubber plant. It was in a spot that was a little bit too chilly and started dropping leaves two winters ago. Now it's all leggy and stupid looking. I did manage to get a nice cutting off of it last year through air layering, so I know it can be done. Just gotta get the rooting hormone (I wonder where I put that stuff) and the plastic. I did something that I thought was really smart when I was propagating that sucker last year; I tied the plastic wrap around the sphagnum moss using velcro ties. That way I could check on it easily. I was really pleased with how well it worked. I gave it to my new neighbor as a housewarming gift.

Anyway, now my back is kicking my ass (lovely imagery, ainnit?) and all I want to do is scream for a while. I'll have to settle for some Tylenol and Lortab.

Do I know how to have fun or what?

Edit: I replaced my mouse with an old PS2 one I had around here. Within three days one of the weasels found it and nommed the scroll wheel. I have two more bagged up on my desk. Wish me luck with 'em.


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May. 5th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)

All of a sudden, cleaning the cat fur out of my old ball mouse doesn't seem like it was so bad.
May. 5th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
Dude, I'm telling you, my ass is whipped! I should know better than to do so much all by myself.

But on the bright side all that stuff is done now and I feel good about it. I just wish I didn't hurt so bad. Stupid back.
May. 5th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
I spent 25 years laboring under the misapprehension that I had a bad back when what I had was kidney stones.

I recommend molasses, or anything that contains it: Rice Chex of Paul Newman's Ginger-Os, for example. Molasses erodes kidney stones. God knows why.
May. 5th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Probably the sulfur. My GI wants me to stay away from beef because it becomes sulfurous in the intestines. Makes me wonder what something that contains sulfur would do.
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May. 5th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
I hate taking prednisone too, but when I get real bad it's the only thing that helps. My first doctor only had me take a round of it when it needed it, like 3-4 times a year, but my last doctor wanted me to take it every day, which lead to (UGH) weight gain. I'm shopping around for a new doctor now and hopefully they'll let me take it only when I want to.

I've never had a bone density test either, but because I'm allergic to milk, my mother has been on my case to get it done since I haven't drunk any milk since I was about 10 or 11. I DO manage to tolerate some cheese and a little yogurt every once in a while though, so I don't think I'm on the verge of breaking a hip just yet.

Oh, what is air layering?
May. 5th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Prednisone bites the big one.

Air layering is a way of propagating plants... you make a slice upward into the stem of a plant that will work with this technique, then you smear a little rooting compound in (I think it's mostly one of the B vitamins). After that's done you wrap it with moist sphagnum moss and then snug the whole thing up with plastic wrap with a tie at the bottom and at the top. You check it for moisture and maybe occasionally add water. I go by how the plastic looks (condensation, etc.). Check it after about 4 weeks for any signs of roots. Wait another two weeks. When there's a good root system filling the plastic wrap, then you open everything up, cut the portion you got the roots on off, and put it in its own pot. The cut end of the plant should produce a new bud under the cut area. It's really neat when it works.
May. 5th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay, I remember that way of cloning. It's been a long time since I was a, um, *closet* horticulturist. lol
May. 5th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
HA! I've never done that. I don't recall ever making a buy for myself, either.

I did find my rooting hormone and I cut up a couple of pineapples I had sitting around here. I treated the base of the tops with the rooting stuff and it'll have to sit for a couple of days, then it goes into some palm/cactus soil.

I've got a pineapple plant that I started like that when we first moved here in 2008. It's about 30" tall now, soil to tip of longest spike. I'm hoping it'll make a baby pineapple some day. Even if it doesn't it's a nice looking plant.
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May. 6th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
I'm sorry. I have nothing helpful, insightful, or comforting to offer. Just that I am sorry you are in pain, and have to see doctors all the time, and just all of it! Hugs you!
May. 6th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
Honey, compared to this time last year I'm doing abso-freakin'-lutely great. Yeah, stuff hurts, but I can deal with it better because I don't feel confined to the house. My guts, hell, my whole immune system is so much better that I don't believe the change that's occurred. So don't be sorry for me. I'm getting along as well as can be expected and right now that's pretty damn good.

Hugs back!
May. 6th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
Oh, and I think this is my third doctor visit this year, each one for the same doctor. He changed my meds all around, took me off of beef and wheat, and gave me some other suggestions. I don't feel bad about three visits to the same doctor when two of 'em are just checking up on my condition and seeing if I'm still doing all right.

I'll be seeing my regular doc later this month but that appointment was set up back in November. Next month I go see my rheumatologist. I've made sure to schedule the appointment for BEFORE the pain in my hips starts getting too bad for me to get around. It usually takes about two months to get in, but it takes 10 months for the shots to wear off. I got smart and scheduled the next set of shots for 10 months after I got the last shots. I guess you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. XD
May. 6th, 2011 04:43 am (UTC)
I am very happy to hear all of this! :) Still don't love the fact that you have pains at all, but all things considered, this is great! :)
May. 6th, 2011 10:16 am (UTC)
Perhaps you should get this

May. 6th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Perhaps you should get this
It's a nice thought, but right now my desk is overflowing. I'd never keep it contained enough to, er... keep it contained like that.
May. 6th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
Then this
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