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A Trip Tomorrow

May 31st, 2019 at 01:42 pm

Tomorrow I'm driving up to Michigan for my grand-niece's graduation from high school. I'll stay with my brother. I bought a bottle of wine ($11) to take to him. I also filled up the tank for $24. Then I went to the library to check out an audiobook. I had to pay $1 in parking.

Today I'm just getting the house ready to leave it for a few days. Even for short trips, I make sure nothing is rotting in the fridge and all the dishes are washed and all the garbage has been taken out. And the cat pan is clean.

I'm going to leave first thing is the morning, so I will pack a bag tonight. I don't like to pack it too soon because my cat freaks out.

I got my car washed today, free because the dealer where I bought it provides that service. When I get to my destination, I'm going to take advantage of the free car vacuum service they have up there. My grandsons make quite a mess of the back seat.

I have yet to buy a card and gift card for the honoree. I keep forgetting! Or I might just write a check, since I'm not sure what she would want in the way of a gift card.

It's a lovely day today, but I think rain is predicted tomorrow. Oh well.

I'll be having lunch with my man friend on Saturday, and the graduation celebration is on Sunday afternoon. I will probably head home on Monday morning. I'm really looking forward to this break -- I have been cloistered so long -- it will be nice to really get out.





The Daily Report

May 30th, 2019 at 03:45 am

Got my blood work done yesterday, but no results yet.

I spent $9 at Aldi. Variables are at 69%.

I'm supposed to go to physical therapy today, but I noticed that the timing is too close to the time I care for my grandson. I'm going to text my DIL about whether she can come home earlier -- if not, I will cancel PT and reschedule.

Went to GS1's baseball game last night. It was a good game. They won by a large margin and GS1 hit a triple.

I slept only 6 hours last night, so sleeping issues persevere. I think the problem is mostly hip pain. It wakes me up, and I can't get back to sleep. My restless legs are -- well -- not restless any more. Very pleased that that particular drug is working so well.

Doctor's Visit

May 29th, 2019 at 06:29 am

My doctor did not agree that Tylenol caused the problems I was describing, but nevertheless we talked about pain management in other ways. He advised that when I meet with my orthopedic surgeon, that we discuss injections for my knees. I am going to dump Zyrtec, just in case the antihistimes are an issue, and switch to Flonase, which is not an antihistimine and does not hurt the kidneys. He gave me the typical suggestions about icing and heat. I put that into action this morning when I woke up with a headache. A few minutes lying down with a cool cloth on my forehead made a big difference.

We also discussed my restless legs. I actually have a drug to help with that, which was prescribed along with the rest of my post-surgery prescriptions. I took it for a few weeks, but since it was for "nerve pain" and I wasn't experiencing any, I stopped taking it. I resumed yesterday, and I did have a night with no twitching, no desire to move.

I'm going in this morning for my blood test to check up on my kidneys after this hip replacement adventure.

I slept very well last night, though I had some moments where the hip pain woke me up. I just moved around and powered through and it's okay this morning.

I also went to physical therapy yesterday morning. They encouraged me to sign up for four more sessions after my current series runs out on June 6. I did, but I may cancel. I think I am doing very well, and I can do the exercises on my own. And I am disciplined enough to really do it.

Yesterday was so busy -- on top of the appointments I also picked up my grandson and then picked up my son, who had an appointment out of town. So I ended up buying a sandwich at Dunkin Donuts ($4). It really wasn't very good; it had obviously sat under the warmer too long. Also, in financial accounting, I paid $19 for my doctor visit and a random charge from the hospital. Variables are at 66%, with a long four weeks to go!

Things I have to do today -- the lab visit, a swing by the library to return books, filling my prescription, and picking up my grandson. I might go to Aldi as well. I am experimenting with very small grocery shops -- when my list gets to five items, I go. I don't pick up anything off the list, and I have a small bag that is easy to carry up the stairs. I think it's turning out to be cheaper than letting everything get low and making a big sweep to stock up again.

At Last!

May 27th, 2019 at 07:14 pm

At last I can say that I am better. Way better. And you know what I did? I stopped taking the Tylenol. Within an hour I knew I had singled out the cause of my distress. I knew I could not take antihistamines -- and I do remember getting a headache from taking Tylenol some time ago -- but I just didn't realize that Tylenol contains antihistamines. I've never taken it much -- Advil was always my go-to drug.

It's unfortunate, of course, because Tylenol is supposedly the only painkiller that is not dangerous to my kidneys. My doctor and I will have to figure out what to do about pain. But right now I am feeling significantly better than I have for the last four days. I am feeling like myself. And right now I am not in pain. Fingers crossed.

I felt good enough to have a little Memorial Day celebration with the fam. They provided all the food, since I was not capable of shopping or cooking before today. I brought home a baggie of watermelon, which I love.

I also felt good enough to do a load of laundry and take out the garbage -- chores that have been on the shelf for a few days. No spending, of course.

I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep.

Thank you to all who shared their concern and good wishes! See, it worked! Smile

Under the Weather

May 26th, 2019 at 12:12 pm

Thank you for the kind words on my short post yesterday. I have figured out since then that I am actually sick -- I must have picked up another bug. My resistance must be so low right now. I feel a little better now than I did yesterday but I still haven't been able to sleep beyond a few restless hours, and that is tough.

So I'm staying home, and pretty much staying in bed, in hopes that I can nod off some time.

Of course that means another no-spend day, which is good.

I made a doctor's appointment for Tuesday, since the office is closed on Monday. My DIL suggested an urgent care -- but really, I just want to talk to my own doctor. I have so many questions, and he has all my history.

I have been reading and watching TV when I'm feeling up to it. I got to the end of Season 7 of Game of Thrones. I can't watch too much of it at a time, because it is so graphic, but I do want to see how it all turns out. No spoilers, please!

I also got to tune into my grandson's baseball games on the computer. No visuals, but they have a site that posts live scores and stats, and tells you who is up to bat and that kind of thing. His team won one out of three games. Pretty typical.

I felt good enough to empty and load the dishwasher and tidy the kitchen a little, and that felt good.

Frustration

May 25th, 2019 at 05:05 am

Well, I just wrote and then deleted a whiny rant you don't want to read. To sum up, I'm very frustrated by the very limited painkiller options for someone with kidney disease. And I'm paying the price in lost sleep.

Yesterday was a no-spend day. I got some household chores done, but didn't do much otherwise.

Today I am invited to go to two baseball games -- both out of town (same town) but with hours in between. I don't know if I can do it.

For Want of an Onion....

May 24th, 2019 at 05:42 am

While getting ready to assemble the meat loaf, I realized I didn't have an onion. So, after picking up my grandson, I stopped at the store. I also bought a can of red beans for chili (since I had more ground beef than I thought) and a pack of bottled water, which I keep in the car. GS picked up a container of pretzels, which I will keep in the car for after school snacks. Altogether, a $9 purchase. That, along with $3 for laundry in the morning, took variables to 61%.

So today I'll make the meat loaf and the chili. The taco filling is done, and the mini-patties for sliders are formed and in the freezer. I don't anticipate having to do more grocery shopping except for perishables and replacement of staples.

Yesterday was a remarkably beautiful day, but today it is raining again. Boy, is the grass ever green!

Today is a free day, so in addition to finishing up the cooking, I plan to clean the fish tank and do some housework. As well as fun stuff, like reading and catching up on more episodes of Game of Thrones.

Thursday

May 23rd, 2019 at 06:09 am

My only obligation today is to pick up GS2 after school. I plan to stay home today and work on the food I brought home from the grocery yesterday. I have three pounds of ground beef which I'm planning to use for meatloaf, sliders and taco filling. I also bought some maple sausage links which I will pair with pancakes. I'm going to cook them and freeze them. Most of the beef entrees will be frozen, too.

Meanwhile, I'm thawing some spaghetti sauce and French onion soup for meals this week.

I fell asleep last night without taking a pain pill (since the morning!). Well, I woke up at 10pm feeling terrible. I took the pill and fell asleep about an hour later. Woke up still feeling pretty sore. Boy, will I be glad when I get past this stage.

Pay Day

May 22nd, 2019 at 08:57 am

Love this day!

Here's my recap for last month:

Housing - $733
Medical/Health - $133
Groceries - $81
Gas - $57
Phone - $52
Clothing/Accessories - $28
Fees/Services - $25
Furnishings/Equipment/Decor - $22
Personal - $20
Vet/Pet Supplies - $16
Laundry - $12
Entertainment - $9
Eating Out - $8
Fares/Parking - $2

Obviously the triumph for this past month was only $8 spent on eating out. I'm not even sure how I did that! Guess being pretty much stuck inside pays off.

I began this new month spending $295 for my hospital stay, $44 for groceries, and .25 for parking. I also paid my mortgage and two of my utilities, but they do not come out of variables. On this first day I have already spent 59% of my variables budget, but that is due to the hospital fee. As the month progresses, I may have to give in and take that out of savings.

I had a really awful night and it occurred to me that the problem is that I have stopped taking Celebrex -- which I took for some months before the surgery, and after, until a few days ago. I may ask the doctor if I can have a refill, but I may get a "no" as it is an NSAID. Anyway, I feel better today. I went to PT and got some gentle conditioning and a lot of good advice.

I haven't seen my GP yet about getting my kidneys tested. Today is too busy, with PT, grocery shopping, after-school pickup and music lessons. I will get to it, I know it's important.

In addition to the surgery recovery problems, I got a migraine yesterday. I do not get them often, and I'm glad for that!

Pain, Pain, Go Away

May 21st, 2019 at 07:50 am

Well, I just lost an entry, which hasn't happened in quite a while.

Here's the gist of it --

I'm still in pain (though better) and I am struggling with the transition away from painkillers which are bad for my kidney disease. Or would be, if I continued to take them long-term.

I'm really happy that tomorrow is pay day, and I hope that I can spend nothing today, which will mean I have more than $100 to transfer to savings. That's on top of the $200 that automatically goes to savings each month.

That's it!

No Therapy Today

May 20th, 2019 at 06:38 am

I'm skipping physical therapy today. (I called to cancel, of course.) I had a rough night with very little sleep and a lot of discomfort. I'm not sure what is wrong, but I had some prunes for breakfast, just in case. I suppose I also need to call my primary care physician to see if I should get another blood test to see how my kidneys are doing. I haven't had one since before the surgery.

I have another PT session on Thursday, so I don't feel too bad about missing this one.

I went to the grandsons' recital yesterday. I was so proud of them. They are so talented, and so poised in front of an audience.

While I was there, I found a dime! I'm now up to $101.06 -- just money I picked up off the street.

This morning I got a $21 payment from one of my mystery shop companies. I expect another one soon.

Rain, Rain, Rain

May 19th, 2019 at 04:32 am

After a sunny morning, the rains came in the afternoon, and the game was rained out. I ended up staying in all day. I did one load of laundry, but did not accomplish much else.

I woke up in pain this morning. I can only assume I got into a bad position in the night, and it will work itself out.

There will be a recital today at 1:30. At least the rain won't interfere with that!

Really looking forward to pay day on Wednesday!

Saturday

May 18th, 2019 at 06:06 am

I just put a super-frugal breakfast into the oven -- a cheese strata made out of leftover bits of cheese, torn-up bread heels, and eggs, milk, peppers and onions. Hope it turns out good!

I have a possible double-header baseball game to attend this afternoon. It's iffy, because it's going to rain today. But if it's not raining when the game starts, they will go ahead and try to get it done, because there have been too many cancelled games this spring.

Other than that, I have some laundry to do, and some household chores.

I went to the library yesterday and checked out a bunch of books and put more on hold. On the way home I stopped at Sam's and filled the tank for $29. Variables are at 78%.

A Blank Day on my Calendar

May 17th, 2019 at 06:43 am

Nothing on my calendar today, and that's the way I like it. At least once in a while!

I went to PT yesterday and met yet another new therapist. We did a similar set of exercises but this time I didn't hurt so much afterwards. In the afternoon I picked up the boys and took them to music lessons. They have a recital on Sunday, and so I got to hear a preview of their presentations. All the time I was out, I was dodging storms. Sounds like we might have more today.

Financially, things are on an even keel. I am just waiting for pay day. My gas tank is getting low, so if I venture out today, I will probably stop and fill it. I should go to the library today, as I am on my last book and will probably finish before nightfall.

I have been invited to my great-niece's high school graduation celebration up in Michigan. It's on June 2. I think by that time I will be up to the drive. I will just have to make sure to stop every hour and walk around and do some stretches.

Free Haircut?

May 16th, 2019 at 05:05 am

No, not really. My gift certificate paid for a haircut and a gloss treatment, which, it turns out, neutralizes the yellowing that grey hair sometimes acquires. I asked my stylist at the end what the value was, so I could figure out the tip. He said the haircut was $65 and the gloss $45. Wow! I gave him a twenty, because the cut was so good. I guess you do get what you pay for. It really is a noticeably better cut than I have been getting at Supercuts.

I feel kind of bad that the kids paid so much, but then again, they get a lot of free babysitting. Smile

I also paid $2 for parking. Variables are at 71%. Only six days to pay day, yay!

Today I have PT in the morning, and after school I'm taking the boys to music lessons.

PT and an Aldi trip

May 15th, 2019 at 05:41 am

I went to PT yesterday and met with a new therapist (3rd one!) He was very nice, but the paces he put me through left me in great pain last night. I couldn't sleep; when I did I had nightmares about my legs turning into giant legs. I am taking my painkiller every six hours, per directions, but the pain is hanging on. I don't think it should be like this. What really worries me is that I am scheduled with him tomorrow. I guess that will be an opportunity to address the need for a gentler routine.

I spent $24 yesterday at Aldi, and I hope that will be my last grocery visit in this pay cycle. Variables are at 66%.