Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Doctor's Appointment on Tuesday

Today, I had an appointment with my primary care physician.  I don't know why, but I felt a bit stressed about it:  I hadn't lost the weight I had wanted to, I hadn't been quite as careful with my diet as I should have been (too many desserts!), I didn't know what my blood test results would be, etc.  Not that stressing about it was going to help!  It only raised my blood pressure!    

In the end, I was stressing about nothing!  My weight was not as low as I would have liked, but it was lower than what it had been during my visit in May.  My blood test results were OK, too.  My fasting blood sugar was a little higher than it should have been, but, my A1c level was good.  It had been lower, earlier, but, it was still at a good level.  The doctor wanted me to do another blood test in December, but, unless the results have something to worry about (in which case my doctor would call and tell me to come in), I don't need to see her again until February!  I made the appointment before I left the clinic.

After I came home, I had lunch (homemade tomato soup) and rested a bit.  Later, I dusted the living room and dining area, watered the front garden (I had brought in the trash cans from the curb, earlier), and cooked some rice, dhal (lentils), and chard leaves harvested from the garden for dinner (to go with leftover chicken curry).   After dinner I chatted with family and friends.  

By the way, Bun Bun, Snowbunny, and Pirate Bun are all well and hopping around; they all sat and watched me while I watered the front garden.  LOL.

Today, I am grateful for:

- A safe drive to the clinic and back
- Good blood test results
- Water for the garden
- Chard leaves from the garden
- Phone calls with family and friends

Today's joyful activity was being in the garden.

Plans for tomorrow include M tending to the garden and dusting the family room.

How was your Tuesday?  What are you planning for Wednesday?


August Decluttering Challenge: 

8/1 - 1 pair gardening gloves

8/2 - non-working heating pad

8/3 - old purse/handbag

8/4 - 1 computer CD containing a report

8/5 - 1 plastic lid that cracked and broke in two

8/6 - 1 hooded sweatshirt (received a new one to replace it)

8/7 - old make-up I no longer use

8/8 - 6 plastic laundry detergent scoops (I use powdered laundry detergent; each new box comes with its own scoop; I don't need to keep the old ones, but, it seems such a waste to toss them in the recycling bin)

8/9 - 1 sponge paint brush (unused, but, so old, the sponge is no longer spongey!)
         1 plastic food container

8/10 - 1 blouse (given to daughter); will be donated as she decided it didn't fit her properly

8/11 - 1 broken clothes hanger
          3 bras

8/12 - 2 Zucchini!  LOL!  Eileen informed me that the zucchini don't count!

8/13 - Daughter's old artwork: A poster 

8/14 - Daughter's old artwork: A painting

8/15 - 1 long dress (given to daughter) - she had urged me to buy it for myself one year for all of $1, but, I didn't wear it.  She, on the other hand, loves it!  It looks much better on her than on me! 

8/16 - 1 coffee mug 

8/17 - A book on cake decorating

8/18 - 1 bottle of perfume spray (an "our version of a famous perfume" that someone gave which doesn't smell good to me)

8/19  - 1 blouse (to be donated)

8/20 - 1 pair of slippers/flip flops (unworn; to be donated)

8/21 - an old digital camera that I could never figure out how to use!

8/22 - 1 small plastic bucket

8/23 - 2 plastic food storage containers

8/24 - 1 craft book on wreath making


  1. Good news about your results. Yesterday my surgery notified patients that all non urgent blood test may have to be cancelled because of a national shortage of vials for testing. I don't know how long this will go on but it's another sign of how the pandemic has impacted, and is continuing to impact on normal life.

    I'm glad to hear the rabbit gang have been seen following the possible coyote droppings you saw.

    I have people coming to see if they want to buy the doll's house today so am keeping my fingers crossed that they do want it. And I'm sewing the labels on new school uniform for C and H.

    I hope you and your daughter have a good day.

    1. Thank you, Eileen. I never even thought that there might be a shortage of test vials!

      The rabbit gang - that's a good name for them! LOL. M and I were discussing how they were coming into the back yard and if we could block those entrances, but, the cats are used to having those openings, so I need to take that into consideration, too.

      Oh, I hope you were able to sell the doll's house. I'm giving myself a year to decide what I want to do with my doll's house (mostly assembled, but, not finished!). Have fun sewing those labels! :)

    2. Apparently there is a global shortage of the blood tubes so it's not just the UK. Let's hope it's resolved quickly.

    3. Oh, wow! That's kind of scary, isn't it? Yes, hope they resolve that issue quickly!

  2. I think it was all of the zucchini that made your blood work so good. :)

    1. You might have a good point, there! :D I've one last giant zucchini in the fridge to get through!

  3. So glad your appointment went well. All too often we stress about things and they turn out well, I do it myself.
    Your decluttering is great, you have kept to your commitment.

    I realized today that I usually change the bed on Tuesdays. Of course I forgot yesterday in the excitement of going out for the day, so today I'm catching up.

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. I am glad the blood test results were good. I forgot to ask for a copy of my blood test results (I like to see these things for myself), but, I will accept the doctor's assessment. :)

      I hope you have a good day, catching up. :)

  4. I'm surprised Bun Bun and friends didn't get to your chard first! Is it in the Bunny safety zone?
    I'm glad your doctor visit went well and your tests were good

    I'm making some sausage, white bean and lentil soup. Not sure why I'm making a soup since it's so hot here but it's what I wanted and I'm sure it will be tasty.

    It's 88 here. Too hot.
    I finally got most things back together after our storm and got things cleaned up.
    And I was dripping hot afterwards.
    Time to relax a bit with some crochet.

    1. I, too, am surprised that Bun Bun didn't eat the chard first! It was not in a bunny proof zone and I've seen him near the chard plant, several times! But I guess it wasn't to his taste?

      Thank you; it's always good to know that the blood test results were OK. :)

      Your soup sounds delicious. I grew up in a tropical country, but, we had soup quite often!

      88F is too hot to be outside, working! Definitely relax and enjoy your crochet. :)

  5. That is very good news from your doctor's visit! I know how easy it is to stress about it! Now you can relax. My best to you and your daughter, Celie

    1. Thank you, Celie. How is your brother? How are you doing?

  6. Hi Bless, Your meals always sound so healthy. I'm glad that your doctor's visit went well. It sounds like you want your numbers to be perfect. I would be stressed, too. You have great habits of health and gratitude. Today I shopped for produce, ran Lula on the bike, and read out on the porch. I got a load of laundry completed, too. Tomorrow I will kayak!

    1. Thank you, Stephenie. I try to eat healthy, well balanced meals, but, I don't always succeed! Today's lunch, for example, was a sandwich made with white bread and cold cuts! I should have at least had whole grain bread, but, didn't! I do want my numbers to be good, though! :)

      Sounds like you're having a great day! Hope you have a lovely time kayaking, tomorrow. The weather will be perfect for being out on the water, I think. :)

  7. I'm also glad that you had a good consultation. I'd hate to think what my weight and bloods are doing. Head firmly in the sand ATM. So all the bunnies are still there - not just Bun-Bun left behind. If you were to block access to the back garden, surely the cats could still climb/jump in?

    1. Thank you, Lady Ella. Yes, almost all the bunnies are here - the only one I haven't seen is the brown bunny! Today, I blocked two of the entrances (about a 4 inch gap between the wall and the chainlink fence near the water heater and about the same width gap in the metal railing in the side yard with cardboard and Bun Bun still managed to get in! There might be another gap in the railing, so I will try to block that, tomorrow. The cats will have to figure out another way into the back yard! :D

  8. Glad everything was mostly in the normal range. You've been eating lots of zucchini and that has lots of potassium. Good for blood pressure. It has been hard for lots of people keeping their weight in check during this pandemic, and it was lower than last time, so there's that. Glad Bun Bun and his entourage are doing well. Denise

    1. Thank you, Denise. I guess all that zucchini was good for something! :D My weight went up when I was on prednisone during the sciatica pain, but, I managed to get it down. Even so, I am overweight and need to get my weight down for health reasons. It is a struggle! Bun Bun and the others were hopping about to the delight of two little girls who were out for a walk with their grandmother, this evening. Made me smile to hear them exclaiming and laugh. :)


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