Monday, January 14, 2019

Rainy Monday

Woke up to the sound of rain, this morning!  We are definitely having a wet winter, this year!  A blessing, since we need the rain.  Hopefully, the rain will be accompanied by snow in the mountains, as well, because it is the depth of the snow pack (which melts over the summer to provide us with water) that determines if we have drought restrictions this summer or not.

I called the gastroenterologist's office this morning and confirmed my appointment.  They had been the ones to call me, earlier, to say that my insurance had been inactivated and they couldn't get authorization.  The insurance sent me a letter of authorization in the mail, last week, but the doctor's office phone line was busy each time I tried to call.  This morning, however, I was able to get through and confirm the appointment that was scheduled for noon, today.

Then, I called my primary care doctor's office regarding one of my other prescriptions.  I noticed, last night, that I was out of refills and I had forgotten to mention it to her when I went on Friday.  I tried calling the pharmacy to check if they had received a new prescription authorization, but it was closed by then.  Doctor wasn't in today, but the office took a message.  I called the pharmacy, after that, just to double check if they had received the authorization - well, yes, they had received it, but they need to special order the medication.  They will do that, today.  I really don't know why they sit on these things, at times, but, I am partially to blame for not realizing that I was out of refills, earlier.

Dancer greeted me with a meow this morning when I woke up!  Oh, I was so happy!  He even allowed me to pick him up and hug him!  Just for a minute, you understand, because it is really beneath his dignity to be picked up and hugged by Mummy (only Little Bless is allowed to do that with impunity), and he declined the spoon of canned tuna I offered him, but he curled up on the piano stool, next to me, for awhile as I responded to blog comments, etc.

Then, it was time to get ready to go to the doctor's.  Cousin P called as I was about to leave, so I told her I'll call her back, later.   I left home in good time, anticipating a clogged freeway due to the rain, but was pleasantly surprised to find the traffic flowing smoothly until it got closer to downtown.  But, I didn't need to go all the way to downtown for today's appointment, so I was early to the appointment.  Which gave me a little time to sit in the waiting area and read my prayer book. 

I was called in at noon, weighed, blood pressure checked, etc.  My pressure was "good" - low enough not to require this morning's medication, but not so low as to cause concern.  Maybe all my prayers for good health are taking effect?

This was a follow-up appointment with the doctor who performed the colonoscopy in August. He had asked me to stop taking the iron supplements for 1 month prior to this visit as he wanted to check my blood iron levels.  If they are OK, then, that is good news; if they are not OK, then, they might have to do further tests, which involves swallowing something with a camera at the end of it, to check my small intestines!  He described it as being a "pain in the a--" (his words, not mine).  Oh, lovely!  Let's just hope that I have good iron levels!  Sigh.

They did the blood tests before I left the clinic; I am to go back in two weeks' to find out the results. 

It was still raining when I drove home and, this time, the roads were clogged and some of the intersections were flooded! 

I came home and had lunch.  Then, replied to concerned texts from my daughter and cousin N (she and her mother, Aunt C, had both called and left messages at home, as well). 

There was also a text from the pharmacy saying my prescription was ready!  It was the one I had inquired about, this morning.  So, I went to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription. 

But, I didn't go to the grocery store.  I just wanted to come home and not be out driving in the rain.  I might grocery shop, tomorrow afternoon, if it isn't raining too hard (according to the forecast, we are supposed to have rain, all week!)

After I came home, I did the dishes, cleaned out the fridge, cleaned Dancer's litter box, and took the big trash cans to the curb for pick up, tomorrow morning.  By then, the rain had become more of a drizzle.

When I was in the kitchen, putting away dishes, Dancer meowed at me!  I interpreted it to mean that he was asking for tuna!  So, I opened a new can of tuna and gave him a spoonful on his newly washed china plate and...he ate it all!  I gave him a second spoonful, as well, and he ate that, too!  Well, now!  That's more like our Dancer!

Recovering on the Sofa!
Later in the evening, I spoke with Aunt T, who called to check on me, and with cousin P. 

Today, I am grateful for:
- All the rain we are getting
- Safe driving in the rain
- A good visit with the doctor
- The pharmacy had my prescription ready for pick up today, itself
- Good blood pressure readings

Monday's To Do List:
- Call the doctor's office to confirm appointment - DONE
- Call the primary care doctor's office re. prescription refill - DONE
- Call the pharmacy re. prescription refill - DONE
- Go to the appointment - DONE
- Grocery shop for fresh produce
- Clean out the fridge - DONE
- Take the trash cans to the curb - DONE
- Do the dishes - DONE

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Grocery shop (if not raining!)
- Do a load of laundry
- Put away the Christmas decorations!  (Yes, the tree is still up!)
- Do some housework

How was your Monday?  Did you have a good start to your week?  What are your plans for Tuesday?


  1. Antibiotics are wonderful things. I'm glad Dancer is back to his old self.

    1. Yes; thank goodness for antibiotics! He was quite vocal this morning and he ate his tuna. All seems to be well. :)

  2. Good to hear that Dancer is feeling more like his old self again. It seems strange to hear you talking about rain as usually you are having to water the garden because of the heat and lack of rain.

    1. Yes, Dancer is being Dancer, again. :)

      As for the rain, it is like that song: "It Never Rains in Southern California"; the chorus lyrics say, "It never rains in California, but girl don't they warn ya, it pours, man it pours"! :D

  3. Oh my! Your cat is just "too much" Glad Dancer is recovering well. Hope your health continues to have good test results! Andrea

    1. He is, isn't he? Thank you, Andrea. We shall see how it goes; take each day as it comes, that's all one can do, isn't it?

  4. I am glad your neck of the woods is getting rain. We've been having a lot of wet weather lately and I am starting to feel sun deprived.
    Glad Dancer is becoming himself again.
    FIngers crossed for good blood work.

    1. Thank you, Anne. Yes, it's raining, again, today.

    2. Anne, I can't access your blog - did something happen?

  5. Isn't it great sometimes to get home, put the car away and just get into the house and get on with things? I think we all need to get out and about, but after things like appointments, it is so good to hunker down in our own place. I really feel for those who have no home, even if they have shelter or are couch surfing, because having one's own refuge is so special.

    Dancer is doing well, what a relief for his fan club!

    1. Especially on cold, rainy days, Bushlady (well, cold by our standards! LOL!), just being able to come home and relax is the best thing.

      Dancer is almost back to normal! He asked for and ate his tuna, this evening. I think he's going to be fine. :)

  6. HI Bless,
    I stopped into Joann’s today as a treat following a doctor’s appointment. I saw a small decorative sign that said, “Bless this mess.” Made me think of you and smile.
    Hope you’re feeling better. Chris

    1. Ha, ha, I think I need that sign! Maybe a small embroidered picture in the family room? Yes, I'm feeling better, now, thank you, Chris. Hope your doctor's appointment went well. Did you buy anything at Joann's?

    2. Bless, Your idea of an embroidered picture sounds perfect! My appointment went well ... small biopsy on my nose. I’ll get the results next week. I ended up with a few bits and bobs from Joanns that should be useful. I was looking for cotton yarn to knit washcloths with and found some on sale that should be quite nice.

    3. Chris, I hope the results of the biopsy will be good and there won't be anything to worry about. Glad you found the cotton yarn.

  7. I thought I had responded yesterday, but it turns out it was all in my head. I didn't even write my own blog posting. I didn't paint yesterday, but I was busy nonetheless. I even took the opportunity of clear weather to drive into Amerstview to pick up a prescription. We are having your bright sunny days while you are having cool and rainy days. We are still a lot colder than you though. Dancer is looking like his old self again.

    1. I noticed that you didn't post a blog post, yesterday, Susan. I thought that maybe you were too busy painting! I guess you were busy, but, doing other things. I'm glad you are having sunny days; I'm sure our "cold" temperatures feel like spring to you. :)


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