Thursday, February 1, 2018

X-Ray on Wednesday

More dreams, last night, of my mother and almsgivings.  I suppose it is because the 12 year  anniversary of her death is coming up.  Ideally, I should hold an almsgiving to observe her death anniversary.  Instead, I will make a donation to the temple in her memory. 

The doctor's office had called and left a message, yesterday, but it was too late to return their call when I got home and received the message, yesterday.  So, this morning, I called them and I was informed that they have received the authorization for the chest x-ray.  I was given the name, address, and phone number of the location and I was told that they had already faxed the authorization to the facility.  I had only to go there when it was convenient to me as they didn't require an appointment.  So, I called the facility and was told to come anytime, they were open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and there were no appointments needed!  I decided to go there in the morning, itself.  I emailed my supervisor to let her know (I had already warned her that I was waiting to be scheduled for the chest x-ray).   And I called the surgeon's office to let them know that I've been scheduled for the x-ray.

Then, I drove myself to the facility and there was probably a 15 minutes wait, which wasn't too bad.  I was told the results would be sent to the doctor and it usually takes about two days.  So, hopefully, the results will get to the doctor by Friday and he might be able to let the surgeon's office know of the results by Monday or so.  In any case, I will call the doctor's office on Monday to see if he had the results, and then, call the surgeon's office.  Most likely, I will be scheduled for the surgery either towards the end of next week or the beginning of the following week.  Actually, the beginning of the following week would work best for me, I think, because that will give daughter enough time to book a flight home - she wants to be here for the surgery and to spend a few days with me, at least until the surgeon authorizes me to drive, again (probably after the stitches have been removed - which is what happened the last time). 

I got to the office just before noon, updated my supervisor about possible surgery dates, and had a fairly productive afternoon.  I went for another walk around 2:00 p.m., but didn't attempt the incline, again.  My hips were hurting, today, so I walked on the fairly flat areas.  I will try the incline, again, tomorrow.  I bought myself a packet of potato chips on my way back, so that probably negated all the benefits of the walk!  LOL.

I took it fairly easy after I came home from work.  I watered the back yard by turning on the sprinklers, I cleaned the bathroom and did the litter box, and I finished my decluttering for the month.  The goal was to declutter 3 items a day.  Some days, I did well; other days, I struggled.  Occasionally, I skipped a day and had to go back and catch up!  But, I managed to declutter 100 items for the month.  I am probably going to continue in February, too.  I should be at a point where I am fairly decluttered, but I continue to find stuff! 

Breakfast was a banana; lunch was leftover rice, shrimp, beans, and lentils from last night's dinner, along with half a tangerine;  potato chips for a snack.  Dinner was macaroni and cheese.  Leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.

Friend R called me in the evening and we had a nice chat.  Later, daughter and I video chatted.

Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to get the chest x-ray done without much delay
- Free parking at the x-ray facility
- Time off from work to attend to medical appointments
- Another nice walk in the afternoon
- Being able to declutter another 100 items in January

Wednesday's To Do List:
- Go to the office - DONE
- Call the doctor's office - DONE
- Call the surgeon's office - DONE
- Go for the x-ray - DONE
- Water the back garden - DONE
- Clean the bathroom - DONE

Thursday's To Do List:
- Go to the office
- Go to the bank
- Walk up the incline, again
- Water the front garden
- Declutter 3 items

I will post my January monthly goals review, tomorrow.   It is already past midnight and I need to get ready for bed! 

How was your Wednesday?  Did you have a good ending to your January? 


  1. I'm glad you got your chest x-ray done. Another step toward the surgery.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. Yes, another step forward! :) Remember my mountain? I think I am coming to almost the top! Hopefully, I won't find another one after that! :o

  2. Nothing wrong with you requesting the surgery when it is most convenient for you and your daughter since she is flying in. Plenty of time for you to work the incline in to your walk. Best to get really comfortable on the flat surface. You are doing so well.

    Dreams are something we don't understand. We never really get over the death of our mother. If it is not to personal may I ask how old she was when she died? Please feel free not to answer.

    1. Thank you, Sandy. Yes, the surgeon's office is willing to work with me on the scheduling. They understand that it is important for daughter to be there.

      My mother was 85 when she died. (And that's the short answer! LOL! I had a LONG answer typed up, but then, I thought, I shouldn't write a book, again! :D)

  3. I am glad you got the X-ray done with, now you are further along the way to getting the surgery done which will be an important milestone for you, I think.
    The temperature went just above zero Celsius today but is going to go down to -20°C overnight!

    1. Bushlady, yes, I think the surgery will mean I can now put it all behind me! At least, that is what I am hoping!

      It was in the upper 70s, here, today. I think we'll be in the mid-80s again, during the weekend!

  4. I feel dumb asking this at this late hour since you've been talking about the surgery for a while, but forgive me, I'm an airhead: this is the surgery to remove your port, is that right? Or is it another kind of surgery?

    Your hips hurting show that you got a good workout yesterday! Greg's hips hurt him too when he pushes himself a little too hard. Don't forget to do some stretches, it helps!

    1. No, you are not an airhead, Nathalie! Yes, it is to remove the port. :)

      Ah, yes, stretches! Thank you for the reminder! I haven't been doing them! Some of my joint aches are from the cancer medication I have to take (just one of the lovely long list of side effects, including the insomnia).

  5. Glad you've got it sorted and hopefully will get a date to get your surgery soon. So glad daughter will be coming home to help.

    1. Thanks, Sharon. Yes, she is insisting on being down here for the surgery. :)

  6. I bet you will be glad when the surgery is over with won't you. I've afraid I've no idea what it will involve but as DD will be with you for a few days will you be able to enjoy her being home or will you be fully recovering if that makes sense?

    I think de-cluttering 3 items a day is a good number to aim for. Not too much to catch up on when you've missed a day or two but as you say at the end of the month that's 90 things gone! That's quite an accomplishment. xx

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    2. Suzanne, the surgery itself should be too complicated - they will remove the port which is just under my skin, but which is connected by a tube to one of my veins. Presumably there will be stitches to close the opening in the skin. I should be able to recover in a day or two, but might not be allowed to drive for a couple of days. There will probably be a follow up visit to the surgeon's office to have the stitches removed after a few days.

      Yes, I will continue to do the 3 items a day in February, too. Or, what is more likely to happen - 21 items every weekend! :D


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