Friday, February 24, 2017

Photo of the Day

my 16 yr
old grandson
just reaches up and touches
the ceiling.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Surgery Went Well

Usually I can't sleep before
But for some reason
I was able to do that
Monday night.
Even set the alarm on
good thing I stayed at moms
cause she work me up.
Yep, kind of hard to
get up and moving when you
set the alarm
for  4:45 PM and
not AM!

Surgery went well.
Two nights in
the hospital.
And home today...
oops...I mean
home to mom's.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Health in a Nutshell Part 2 - The EYE

Well tomorrow is the day.
Gastric By Pass.
I have had nothing but clear
liquids for two days.

I thought clear liquids were
well, clear! But
apparently that means
liquids that light shows
through. So I have
been able to have my unsweet,
decaf tea, beef broth and
even Jello.
The list of things I can
have goes on and on...but
I am limiting those items
because of the artificial
sweetener in them.
Fibromyalgia is affect
by those things.
The Jello I am using has
Aspartame in it but
it is less then 2% so I
am trying that.

Anyway....I will be at the
hospital at 6am in the morning.
And with that my new life
will be here!

I was afraid that I might have
to cancel the surgery.


Because Friday evening I
noticed that my left eye
was really red. Thinking that it
was maybe allergies from
all in bloom. But come
Saturday when I went to the kitchen
sink with the beautiful sun
shining in, and had a terrible
pain shoot through my eye
to the back of my head....I
thought maybe I needed to
treat it.
I went and got some Opcon A.
(not my eye but this is what it looked like)

Well, Sunday morning was terrible.
Pain shooting through my eye
went light hits it. I walked around
the house keeping it closed and
trying to stay away from bright light.
Then it got to the point that light
going in the good eye made the
bad eye hurt.

Mom picked me up and we
headed to Walgreen Walk In,
or what we called a DOC in the BOX
when I worked for the TBI.
They were not seeing anymore patients.
Riding in the car with my mom
I had a wash cloth
folded up and placed on the eye,
held in place by my sunglasses.

The sun was so bright and it was
making for some bad pain.
But I had to have relief so
I decided I had to go to the ER...
after all it was Sunday where
else was I to go?

They were amazing in the ER.
Had the best young pregnant doc
looking after me and she seemed
to have a great knowledge of the eye.
She said that it appeared I had


Yep, leave it to me to have something I
never heard of.
So what is it?
It is an inflammation of
the iris.
What causes it?
Being sleep deprived

Well, with that said, I usually have
at least one night every other
week or so where I can't sleep.
Last week I was up for 36
Oh lets see, my grandson has been
living with me since Aug.
My daughter moved in
in Dec.
I found out in July that I had
the liver issues.
I have jumped through hoops
to get to the point of
surgery and lets not
forget the

And people wonder why I laugh
through this sort of stuff.
But apparently my body processes
the stress when I act like there
is none, or shall I say this time
my eye did this time.

Surgery is still on.
Had this been an infection I
would have had to cancel.

Now to the really funny part of all
Sitting in the ER I get a text from
my niece who is 4  hours away.
This pic was attached.

and the text said,
"is that your sweater on your head"?

So I felt the total confusion
that I am sure was all over my
face. How did Holly get a pic
of me in granny's car with
my head covered up?

I had to ask....and I found out
that Holly's friend that she
went to school with and who
knows my mom and her car pulled
up next to us and took this pic!
Being confused about why someone
was sitting with a sweater on their
head, she sent the text to Holly...

Never know who is watching!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Free Art Movement Find

Totally forgot to do this update.
A couple weeks ago I did
a post about
Free Art Movement in Nashville.

Here is a pic that was posted
on the Free Art Movement page
in Facebook.

They found it as they
were going into CICI
pizza for dinner.


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Yesterday Dakota went
to mom's
for a couple of hours
I ran some errands.
It was such a pretty
day that
he was able to hang
out in the
back yard with the girls
(mom's dogs).

My daughter was headed
to the house
so I asked if her
to run to
mom's and pick up
Dakota up.

I get a text along
with this
pic that says, "I have
son, for a $1000 ransom,
you can
have him back"!

I went back with, "you
keep him
long enough and I
bet you
will pay me $1000
to take him back"!

I got him back and NO
cash past hands!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Silly Phil - Spring is Here

Well it appears that Silly
Phil was wrong when I comes
to Nashville TN weather.

Six more weeks of winter.
We have not even had a
winter so far.

And it don't look like
we are having six more
weeks with 70 degree
temps today and
this in bloom.

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Photo of the Day - Caleb

My handsome
 16 yr old grandson.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tuesday, Wed. and Today

I don't go out like I used to.
I don't socialize like I once did.
I am not always on the go or
always doing like I always have

The Fibromyalgia takes
a lot out of me.

Tuesday I was at the hospital
morning till 1:30 doing a class
on my surgery and pre op.
Then dinner at a friends
Out late playing games.

Last night dinner with other friends.
Two of which I went to school with.
One I met a few years ago and
the son of one.

Today it caught up with me.
I slept good last night but
felt so worn out when
I got up and started moving.
Then around 1 it hit.
Pure fatigue.
Could not keep my eyes
open. So .....
I slept the better part of the
day away. Around 1 till 7:30...
and yes, I will sleep again tonight.

Maybe tomorrow will be a better day.
Things to be done before next

Do you know anyone with Fibro?
How do they deal with life
on days like today was for me?

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Photo of the Day - The King

Hey Mom...
the mailman
just went by!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Photo of the Day - Game Night

Game night at Tanya's house.

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Valentines Day and My Birthday

Hello everyone.
Yesterday was a really
busy day.
I attended a dietitians
class at the clinic
pertaining to my up coming
surgery and then I did pre op
and blood work.

I was there from 9 am till
1:30 pm.
Such a long day to get
done what I had to do.

When I got home I
took a much needed

When I woke up I made this
for Caleb.

Red and heart shaped.

I think he liked it.

Remember Tanya and Brian
from Brian's going away
get together?

I have met Tanya a couple
times before
through Brian.
She is a sweetie.
She contacted me via FB when
she was doing the get together
for Brian and I helped
contact people for it.

The other day she contacted me
again and wanted to
have a single
sassy ladies night
on Valentine's Day!

I thought it was sweet to ask
me. She don't live
but about 7 or 8 mins
from me anyway.

I was invited and she
invited two other
friends. Her daughter
Britney was also there.

As well as a friend of Britneys.

We had lasagna from Demo's
restaurant. One of the other
friends brought salad.

Tanya also had a chicken soup that
was tasty along with rolls.

After dinner I was presented with a
cake. That was so sweet.
Tanya realized it was my bday
from facebook.

After cake we played a game called
Right, Center, Left
and then several rounds of
Catch Phrase.
We had a blast.
Can't remember the last
time I got home so late!
Made it home around 10:45.

Thanks ladies for an awesome
Valentines Day
and Bday!

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Photo of the Day- Birthday

                                                           Happy Birthday Dakota.
                                                                 10 today.

Coffee Shops

I am not a big coffee drinker.
I don't have to have it to start
my mornings.
Although it did help when I was
working so I always stopped and
picked up a larger cup of
(yes, flavored)
coffee to try and
jump start ME!

I don't make it at home but
here and there a friend
of mine and me will
just venture out and
have a coffee morning.

A few weeks ago we
did this and we went to
one of my fav places.
Uncommon Ground
in Old Hickory.

Cute little yuppy looking
place where all the
older folks go to hang
out and have coffee!

I think it stays open on
Friday nights and bands
play there. He always
has local artist come and
hang their art in his place.
I have had my work there before.

Coffee is great.
But the sausage and biscuit was
a bit to hot for my taste and I
like hot food.

Today Theresa and I tried the
Old Hickory Bistro
(2nd time there)
I had to scrabbled eggs and
two pieces of wheat toast along
with all the coffee I could drink
(2 one I spilled)
Food was great, flavored
coffee not so much.
Not a great deal of flavor.

Food was great, flavored
coffee not so much.
Not a great deal of flavor.

But service good and nice.
Esp when Theresa hit the table
coming back with more
coffee and spilled some of hers.
Then I, talking with my hands
proceeded to just knock mine
over...all over me and the table...
and the floor....

Anyway, next time we are going
to shoot for one in Mt. Juliet.
That will probably be next
Sat. cause after that
it will be a few weeks
before I will be out drinking
coffee while I recover
from surgery.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Photo of the Day

Lebanon Home and Garden Expo.

Dooky Boys and
General Pee

Friday, February 10, 2017

Photo of the Day - The Tent

This is what a nana does
with her throws and
camera tripods when the
grandboys come over.

My Health in a Nutshell

You look at me and it is hard
to tell that I am sick.
I always have a smile on my
face and I try to continue to
be positive.

Wondering what is wrong?

I joke with my mom all
the time telling her
that when God was giving
out body parts somehow
I ended up in the line of
parts that were to be
thrown out.
All my parts are bad!

I actually was fine until my
early 30's.
I got sick with bronchitis.
Never had it before but
I went to a walk in clinic that
made sure I had an inhaler and
the other meds I would need.

Feeling better, I had a relapse.
Twice, back to back.
The second time I was not
improving. I broke down and
went to the doc only to find out
I had bronchial asthma.

I have had that for 25 years now.
I really don't have an issue with it
much except in the spring and fall.
Mine is triggered by seasonal effects.

A few years later I ended up with
acid reflux. That stuff is wicked.
I ended up in the hospital thinking I
was having a heart attack.
I have been taking the generic of
Prevacid since 1998.

With meds this stays under control. But if I forget
to take it for a couple of days, I pay.

In 2004 I started having some really strange
things happening. I was exhausted all the
time. I road the bus to work and I slept
all the way, I slept all the way home
also. Then when I stepped in the house
I crashed and went back to sleep.
Upon waking I felt like I never
closed my eyes.
This all became an issue when
I found myself stopping at red
lights and napping.
At the same time I had been being
treated for major migraines.
Finally upon telling the neurologist
about having a headache everyday for
a year, that I went to sleep with it
and woke with it.....a red flag went up.
He sent me to have a sleep test.
Sleep Apnea.

I was studied while I slept with all sorts of wires
attached. In a 7 hour sleep study I slept about
3.5 hours. I had 145 events and I stopped
breathing between 10 to 33 seconds.

Wow.....learning to sleep with a CPAP was
interesting but I have slept with it
all this time.

Eleven years ago I started hurting so bad.
I felt like I had the flu, every day. I kept
thinking that maybe it was caused
from some extra weight I had put
on. Finally talking with my sleep doc,
I found that I had what the world was
calling Fibromyalgia.
The doc touched me in several
areas that are called 
trigger points
Just touching those spots almost
had me shooting right off the exam

As the years have gone by I have gotten
worse with each passing year.
I stay in constant pain.
That pain goes from the low every
day pain to flare ups that
are terrible pain.
I actually had one flare that
lasted from May 2012 to
April 2013. I thought I was
going to pull my hair out.

Now I struggle with the fatigue that
goes along with the fibro and the
meds. I can sleep a total of
15 or more hours a day.
Then comes those nights that
I can't sleep no matter what
I try.

Although you will not die from Fibro, there
are the days you wish for that just to have a
release from the pain.

And life gets even better.
Keep in mind that with sleep apnea
even using a CPAP machine you are
tired. Then you throw in the Fibro and
the have no energy to exercise.
With that comes weight gain.
And with carrying extra weight
you develop other issues.

Then came the border line high
It kept going up and
just barely crossed over the
line to be considered high

It hit is 2012.
Metformin kept it under control.

Then came this in 2015.
A heart issue.

oops.....those bad parts were not
finished with me yet.
This summer upon having
my physical I learned that my
liver levels were running high.
Doc took me off Metformin and
tested them again.
No change.
Had a biopsy done on
the liver and I have what
is called a non alcoholic
fatty liver.
I am only 60 lbs over weight but
that little bit has destroyed my
body. The fat has moved
into the liver and it is not filtering
like it should be.
The biopsy showed that I have
the starting of some inflammation and
hard nodes.
In five years I will be full blown
cirrhosis of the liver unless
I lose the weight around my liver.
Well....its not like I have not tried over
the years. So it was suggested
that I have surgery.

Surgery for what?
Keep in mind that the liver is the only
organ that can repair itself.
In my case they think it will but
have no way of knowing for sure.
But the main thing, get rid of the
fat in the liver with weight
loss surgery.

I have been through the process.
I saw the surgeon on Tuesday
and although I was looking at having
the sleeve surgery done where the cut
away the lower portion of the stomach
and you actually have a long slender
stomach, that is not recommended for
me. Crap...what next?
It appears that folks that have the sleeve
develop acid reflux.
Remember me telling you I have that, well it
will get nothing but worse if I have that surgery. was recommended that I have
the Gastric Bypass surgery.
A little more invasive but
in the long run better for me

Doc is telling me that with only having to
lose 60 lbs, I will be down to that in
about 9 months.
Now he is looking at the 60lbs as the desired
weight of someone my height.
I will be good with that but
I personally hope to lose about
10 more. Putting me down
to what I was when I married in 1980.

Wow....I will not know how to act being
small again.
But the main thing is ..
hope for the liver
I will no longer need meds for
diabetes or acid reflux.
Hopes are that somewhere down
the line I will be able
to drop the heart meds and the
CPAP machine.

Fingers crossed.
Oh is scheduled
for the 21st of this month.

I will keep you all posted.

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