Archive for January, 2007


Sunday, January 28th, 2007

There must be something in the air!! I have read recently from other bloggers they are having trouble sleeping. It certainly seems that as bad as I feel and as big as my head seems to be that I could sleep around the clock. But oh no! other than waking up 2 and 3 times during the night for bathroom breaks, I woke this morning around 6 and only catnapped until I got up at 9:30. I thought that if I just lay in bed it would help whatever this stuff is I have, but one can only be in bed so much. Anyway the computer is in another room. lol.

Not only is my head all stuffy and sneezy, but this morning I have a cough that is a sure sign that bronchitis is not far away. I smoked for 38 years, have been quit since 11-30-03. My lungs are weakened from all the years of smoking and almost always a head cold will end with me having bronchitis.

The fact that I quit smoking is a miracle. I may share it one day in print over at “Carnival of the Redeemed”.

I plead with you, if you smoke, please stop. If you do not smoke, please never start. Nicotine is like any other drug-”additive”. I have heard it said that it is even more additive than heroin. I would venture to say that it is almost as additive as crack- try it once and you are hooked.
I am now listening to gospel cd’s while sitting here drinking coffee and typing. I should be doing something constructive, maybe clearing off the stacks of paper from this desk. Not.

This sure is a rambling post but that is just how my mind is most of the time.

Have a blessed day!

Til Next Time


Saturday, January 27th, 2007

I did make it to work today at 6AM.   I really felt bad but since I didn’t think about calling the store last night, I did not have much choice.

The office manager called about 8:30 to tell me about posting changes.  She heard my voice and offered to come in and finish for me and she lives at least 30 miles away.  I told her I would finish today but please work for me tomorrow.  She said that would not be a problem, just try to feel better.

I really work with some great people on the local level.

Since I do not have to work tomorrow, that will give 2 1/2 days to stay inside before my endocrinologist appointment Tuesday at 1.  I asked the pharmacist if there was anything I could take over the counter and she said not really since I am on synthroid.  If I still feel bad Tuesday, maybe the doctor can give me a script that will help.

Til Next Time


Friday, January 26th, 2007

My brother did get a return call from the doctor’s office.  The last lab report showed that Mother has too much potassium in her system and poison in her urine.

The only way to determine the percentage that her kidneys are functioning is to catheterize her and do a 24 hour culture.   I do not know that we will do that.  I would like to know, but catheterizing is always painful for her.

I really hope that I will be well enough to go see her on Monday. Whatever I have she does not need, and I do not feel like going.

Til Next Time


Friday, January 26th, 2007

I called one of my dearest cousins that lives in the Whiteville area last night and asked if she would visit Mother for me today.  She said of course, she would be glad to and I better take care of myself and get over this head mess that I have.

Not only did she visit but called to let me know Mother seemed to be doing okay.  Cousin said Mother seemed to recognize them, that she smiled and tried to say something to her husband.

My brother will visit this weekend, hopefully I will feel like picking up routine on Monday.

Til Next Time


Friday, January 26th, 2007

Since I am home and not feeling well, I think I will occupy myself with my 2 favorite soaps.

I will cut down the crock pot to low, grab a blanket and my crocheting, turn on the tube and waste a couple of hours except for my stitching.

I know I could just go to bed and read about it on but watching is better.

Til Next Time


Friday, January 26th, 2007

Does it ever! My head still feels too big, I am still sneezing, sniffling, and my nose feels stuffy.  How  my nose can be stuffy and me sneezing I do not know.  I feel so bad. I am cold but have no temp.  I have a doctor’s appointment Tuesday, I certainly hope I feel better before then or can at least put off going until then.
I did not get up until about 9:30, put a roast in the crock pot and have been trying to write a post for the “Carnival of the Redeemed” for about 1 1/2 hours. I still am having a hard time copying and pasting. I don’t know why, it really is very easy, but sometimes I have major problems. DD#1 has shown me several times and finally the last time she showed me, the light did come on, but occasionally I will have problems, especially if I get in a hurry or am nervous.

I am going to wander on over to some other sites to see what is happening, then I will probably go back to bed.

DH wanted me to put his check in the bank, but it will not happen today.

Til Next Time


Thursday, January 25th, 2007

No, not conceited.  I have a head cold and my head feels about twice the size it is.  I have the sniffles, sneezes, throbbing head, ear ache, and just feel bad.  My eyes are burning so I think I have a fever but am drinking coffee which means I can’t check it.   I think this came from being in the cold-cold wind at the cemetary when my cousin’s husband was buried last week.

I am so sensitive to wind that even in the summer, it can make me sick.

I am not going to see Mother today but am going to try to do my 4 hour shift at work.   Maybe if it not busy, they will let me come home.

My husband is sick also.  This is the second time in about 6 weeks for him.   He says the guys at work just keep passing it around.

Til Next Time

WORK 1-23-07

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Went in at 6AM, the printer had jammed so I did not have all of my reports. Finally get those printed and start the cash office routine. The start of day cash balances, the individual cash summary balances. I think to myself everything is running smooth, I will probably be only 15 minutes longer than scheduled to finish for the day. That would mean that I would get off about 10:15, the earliest ever since I have been in the cash office.

Guess What!!! I am entering the last disbursement of the day before I can balance the cash for end of day and the monitor freezers. I call the office lead at home and nothing she tells me works, I then call our help line, they can’t help and tell me to call ARMS. ARMS is the central location for all computers connected to K-Mart and Sears. They can see all that is happening and tell you how to fix it. Finally, about 12:10, I am ready to leave for the day.

Hopefully, the next time I work in the office, which is Saturday, everything will run smooth and I can finish by 10AM.

Today, I am scheduled 1-5 in lay-a-way. This schedule ruins my morning and afternoon, but thankfully, I do have a job.

Til Next Time


Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

First, I want to tell all those that made a post on the first carnival: “I enjoyed reading your posts”.

Stewed Down Squash w/Onions.

A little bacon drippings in the bottom of a skillet (just enough to cover the bottom) – 1 medium onion peeled and cut in slices or medium diced – 3-4 medium yellow squash cut into pieces about 2 inches long and 1/4 inch thick. Squash does not need to be peeled, just wash thoroughly . Salt and pepper to your taste.

On heat about halfway between medium and low cook onion until it changes color, add cut up squash and maybe 1/4 cup water. Cover and let simmer until squash are done. Check and stir often. After squash are done, if you want them a little brown remove lid, turn up heat and let most of the liquid evaporate, stirring frequently to keep from burning.

Recipe can be increased to meet the needs of your family. Keep in mind that squash shrink quite a bit when cooked. Enjoy.

Til Next Time


Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Mother was sleeping yesterday when I went to see her. Now when she sleeps it does no good to try to wake her. She will open her eyes, look at you, and go right back to sleep. So, I just signed her guest book, adjusted her covers, watched her sleep a few minutes and left.

The facility called me later in the afternoon to tell me the doctor had discontinued her diuretic and potassium. I do not understand the potassium because the high blood pressure medicine depletes her potassium. But maybe her kidneys are not flushing the excess potassium from her body so she has too much. The nurse did not have a copy of the last lab report. After a week without these meds, then another lab will be done to check her kidney function and her dehydration and potassium level. Also a CBC will be done.

My brother is calling the doctor’s office today, maybe he can get some answers as to what is going on with Mother. I surely hope so. I wonder if the doctor is trying to determine if her body is beginning to shut down.

I need to get up from here, get dressed and go check on her. I should be able to feed her lunch, if I don’t drag my feet.

Til Next Time