Even when I swear I’m not going to do a thing all day I usually end up doing a lott. Mr. Comfortable has expressed his unhappiness with this because I only vow to take a day off when my pain level is quite high. If I push it too far I have to take time off because I can’t get out of bed. That ruins the whole idea of a day off since pain doesn’t make for a pleasant break. But I just enjoyed a luxurious lazy day and it didn’t cost me my spoons!
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I’m so happy today! Yesterday I was ready to pull my hair out. The rash was spreading everywhere and I knew it would reach my face by today. But I made a rash decision (get it? A rash decision?) and called the doctor.
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The last couple of weeks have been unpleasant but now I have answers to the questions about the pain in my abdomen. It’s not, as we first believed, my gallbladder. And it isn’t, thank God, any one of the four cancers the doctor was concerned about. Best of all it isn’t a bezoar!
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You may have noticed I didn’t post anything yesterday. And I probably won’t be posting for a little while. I’ll be seeing you but it may be a week or more. At least I have a good excuse!
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While it’s never pleasant to think you may have a serious disease it’s important that you find out early on. Some diseases are so subtle and asymptomatic you need tests to discover them. Polycythemia vera is considered a rare disease with about 2 in every 100,000 people having the disease. It usually develops slowly, and you might have it for years without knowing. Often the condition is found during a blood test done for another reason. Do you have Polycythemia Vera?
Do You Have Polycythemia Vera?
In early December I noticed I wasn’t feeling at all like myself. I was ignoring chores and, worse, ignoring friends and even some family members. Nothing seemed to interest me and I felt just awful physically. Normally I’m so cheerful I have wondered if there was something wrong with me! I should have recognized the symptoms but, since I was already off-kilter, I didn’t. But I finally figured it out and I’ve started on the chores I’ve neglected for so long! Yesterday I spent part of the day cleaning my desk and computer desk. I’m finally getting back on track!
Getting Back on Track
Here in Michigan we have an ice storm nearly every year. And every few years we get an ice storm that’s epic. We also have some impressive snow storms and periods of extremely cold weather. Mr. Comfortable and I were, we thought, well prepared for winter events until he was in the middle of his cancer treatments. The actual temperature was -15 degrees F and with the wind chill the cold was utterly bone chilling. Our furnace died on the first night of that cold snap. And that’s when I discovered that our winter storm preparedness plan needed some work!
How to prepare for a winter storm
For people with disabilities a service dog can mean the difference between dependence and restrictions and freedom. These remarkable dogs can perform an almost endless list of tasks to assist their partners. Because of the service dogs I’ve had over the past 16+ years I’ve been able to be active and enjoy many of the things I had been unable to do after my spinal cord injury. So is a service dog right for you?
Is a Service Dog Right for You?
I meant this post to be about Service Dogs and what they can do for those of us who are disabled. The number of different types of Service Dogs that exist and they amazing work they do for us is information that everyone with a disability should know. But, as I started going through photographs of my previous Service Dog, I got really emotional. There’s little that brings me to tears but seeing those pictures had me crying. It was a bittersweet experience. So, this post is all about my incredible Service Dog, Houston.
Please read about Houston here
Even if you don’t live in an area that has bitterly cold winters it’s almost a given that you or someone in your family is going to come down with something this winter. But you can feel better if you know what to do for common winter health problems.
What to do for Common Winter Health Problems