Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Kate's On Line Journal

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Vicky -- Forgot to say welcome back! We missed you. But then you're probably already gone again.

    Comment


      Thanks, Martha...it's GOOD to be home. And yes, I wouldn't be surprised if your husband's dental work was the result of his meds...just another bright little perk of SCI, eh? Brianna had all her front teeth, top and bottom, worked on. Her back teeth still need to be done, and will probably require testing to see if she's allergic to lidocaine, or just had a toxic reaction to it. As you can imagine, it's been hard finding people willing to test her..not to mention OUR nervousness. Last time she spent a week in ICU on a ventilator. It affected her heart; it was only functioning at about 10% capacity. (We learned that people with this level of heart function are transplant candidates). Can you imagine? All I could think of was, "She endured this car accident, SCI, spinal infections, a second car accident, the mother of all blood clots...and now, it's gonna be her teeth that do her in!" What a nightmare. Thank God she was young, and the heart function gradually reversed itself and came back to normal. Anyway, I do have a connection at Univ. of Mich. who is willing to work with us, which will probably work out to be the same time everyone else is whitewater rafting, or running around Chicago, or whatever we decide on! Oh well...one step at a time.

      Vicky
      ____________________________
      "God warns us not to love any earthly thing above Himself, and yet He sets in a mother's heart such a fierce passion for her babes that I do not comprehend how He can test us so."
      ~Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders"


      "Be kind...for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."
      ~Philo of Alexandria

      Comment


        Tuesday night, 7:45 pm

        And that means it's almost time for the Gilmore Girls! My kids and I got into the habit of that show a couple of years ago . . . pre-sci, when it was on while Bruce was at choir on Thursdays. Still a good way to spend an hour with kids; the writers are smart, and they deal with stuff that needs to be talked about.

        Like, once there was a show where the absent father showed up, and (very casually) tried to get the teenaged daughter to keep some information from her mom. I remember how upset my girls were, at the idea that one adult might try to get them to lie to another.

        And I used that little scene later, when people were saying (ever so hesitantly) that I ought to be careful with one of the family friends who was spending a lot of time with our kids while I was with Bruce at the hospital . . . like, he seemed awfully, uh, cuddly with our 7th-grader. (I had to spend a LOT of time at the hospital in those first months, because he could neither breathe well or speak above a whisper, and if someone wasn't with him, the night nurses just might not know if he was in trouble.)

        It creeped me out so bad! I pulled it together and asked Emily if, uh, he had ever asked her to keep anything from me . . . like that time on the Gilmore Girls. She knew instantly what I meant, because we'd seen the show, and talked about that--how bad it would be for any grownup to suggest she not be truthful.

        He wasn't doing anything he shouldn't have been, as it turned out . . . just not being savvy about boundaries. Anyway--It's not just entertainment for us, though it IS really fun. And it's on NOW!

        Comment


          The Internet is MINE!!

          Apparently the idea with Brianna's online class is that you must post your homework by midnight...but if you happen to post it a 4 am, it's okay. In other words, before the instructor gets up and turns on her computer! So Bri is sound asleep, having gone to bed LONG after I did last night...and the internet is mine! [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

          Thank God for this forum. I've spent the last two days arguing and totally frustrated. All I wanted was a local medical equipment company to supply Brianna with catheters. This shouldn't be a big deal. It was. I went through two companies; one finally decided they would bill me personally and leave me to deal with my insurance, and the other flat out refused to deal with me at all. They were spooked by the fact that my SECONDARY insurance is my car insurance (which DOES NOT pay for catheters since my health insurance DOES). BUT...the happy ending was found here. I found UroMed's site online, but didn't know anything about them. Thanks to high endorsements I found on CareCure(you were one of those folks, Martha) I contacted UroMed and it was like night and day! What would I do without you guys?? It's a wonder I'm not gray yet...

          Also bought the plane tickets for Craig yesterday; I have to call this afternoon and get a final, definite "yes" on the date. I could not BELIEVE the difference in price when you purchase tickets so soon before departure! Ouch! Anyway, we fly out of Pittsburgh on Sunday...

          Any other news out there?
          Vicky
          ____________________________
          "God warns us not to love any earthly thing above Himself, and yet He sets in a mother's heart such a fierce passion for her babes that I do not comprehend how He can test us so."
          ~Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders"


          "Be kind...for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."
          ~Philo of Alexandria

          Comment


            Vicky -- So glad you contacted UroMed. They are so fantastic to work with and as I've said, they got my insurance to pay and my insurance doesn't pay for anything! They must be miracle workers. Plus when I told them I couldn't afford the huge difference in what my insurance paid and what the actual cost was, they agreed to settle for just the insurance payment. What a relief that was! They also got insurance to pay for the Magic Bullets Julian uses for his bowel program which was another miracle. I love those people!!!!!!

            Ok, That "I'm not gray yet" comment really hit home here! Now I'm REALLY feeling old as I look at the gray streaks and yes, gray roots. Ugh. I felt old when I woke up anyway. [img]/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif[/img] But then a friend sent me a wonderful Andy Roony (can't stand him but liked this one) article about women over 40 (in a favorable light for a change), so that helped.

            It's just one of those days you wish you could stay in bed with a good book and hot coffee.

            Comment


              Correction

              Okay, I should have said, "It's a wonder I'm not TOTALLY gray yet." I have very dark brown hair, and those random gray hairs seem to GLOW. But..when I was little, I was a blonde. So my story is...if anyone is indelicate enough to point out one of my gray hairs...that it's really a blonde hair, coming back. I like that thought MUCH better! [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

              You know, that good book and hot coffee idea sounds great, especially since I've decided today's the day to do total housecleaning...

              We'll see how much willpower I have!

              Vicky
              ____________________________
              "God warns us not to love any earthly thing above Himself, and yet He sets in a mother's heart such a fierce passion for her babes that I do not comprehend how He can test us so."
              ~Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders"


              "Be kind...for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."
              ~Philo of Alexandria

              Comment


                Vicky--- My apologies for being indelicate. I wasn't trying to pin you -- just noticing all of my gray suddenly.

                To All of You In The Frozen North ----I hope you are all ok and not having problems with power outages or burst pipes (do they do that up there or only here where we aren't built for the cold?) or driving problems. Be safe, stay warm.

                For me, this has been a yucky week. No business, dogs messing up everything and no energy to pick up after them constantly, Julian having more neuropathic pain this week and pretty much staying in bed or the recliner needing to be waited on hand and foot. No inspiration to cook. About the only thing I accomplished was the ton of laundry. And so it goes. Though we aren't having blizzards, it is too cold to enjoy getting outside. Just a gray week. Think I'll play hookie the rest of the day and crawl back into bed with that book. :-)

                Comment


                  Winter is still here, isn't it? We're on the edge of that huge storm; I think we got about 5", maybe a little less. It's hard to tell sometimes because the wind is so strong up here; it blows completely away in some places, and drifts amazingly high in others.

                  Bri and I are getting ready for the trip to Craig this Sunday. She's trying to get her homework out of the way so she won't have to worry about it during the next two weeks.

                  Martha..no, no! I didn't think YOU were being indelicate when I read that. No apologies needed. Actually, I was thinking of my two younger brothers, who, even though they're both grown, can still exhibit bratty behavior at times! [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img] I hate those gray weeks; I think we all have them at times. What are you reading? (Asks the librarian)

                  Jackie...how's your weather?? Are you buried in snow?

                  Better go dig out the suitcase for Brianna..

                  Vicky
                  ____________________________
                  "God warns us not to love any earthly thing above Himself, and yet He sets in a mother's heart such a fierce passion for her babes that I do not comprehend how He can test us so."
                  ~Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders"


                  "Be kind...for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."
                  ~Philo of Alexandria

                  Comment


                    I'm embarrassed to admit to the librarian (or anyone else) what I read! Never much of substance. I have so much to read at work that is so dry, that when I have time to read for pleasure it is usually just novels. I read for escape and I love things like James Patterson and his Alex Cross novels or Patricia Cornwell or anything along those lines. Right now I'm reading her book on Jack the Ripper which I hope will be interesting. At least it's one more take on who he might have been.

                    Comment


                      Never say "Just novels"...

                      As a librarian, I've seen it all, believe me! I'm very much in favor of reading for pleasure and escape; I call it bubble gum for the mind. Cornwell's book on Jack the Ripper was fascinating! I bought it for Bri for Christmas, and stole it myself. I'm just starting the second novel in a new mystery series by Deborah Morgan. It's called "The Weedless Widow" (the first one was "Death is a Cabaret"). The really fun part is that the author is a friend of mine...and she mentions me in her acknowledgements!

                      Vicky
                      ____________________________
                      "God warns us not to love any earthly thing above Himself, and yet He sets in a mother's heart such a fierce passion for her babes that I do not comprehend how He can test us so."
                      ~Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders"


                      "Be kind...for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."
                      ~Philo of Alexandria

                      Comment


                        I read a book on Jack the Ripper by an Eton literature professor that speculated that he was really Lewis Carroll.
                        Just thought I'd throw that in....

                        Comment


                          Friday 5 pm

                          Books??? You want to talk books? I'm reading obsessively these days--which usually means I don't want to pay the bills, do the wash, vacuum, clean the birdcages, grade papers, write . . . but, mmmmmm, some lovely hours this week curled up with:

                          Lance Armstrong's "It's Not About the Bike"--that guy rocks, for lots of reasons, but my personal favorite is how much he loves his wife, and how clear he is about that.

                          Karen Hesse's "Out of the Dust"--written for young teens and handed to me by my 7th-grader with instructions to stop whatever I was doing and read it right now. Happy to report that she has great taste, (but it made me cry).

                          A new one called "Bel Canto" that is turning out to be wonderful; I'll keep you posted, I'm only a little ways in.

                          Bruce took the kids out of school and up to Snoqualmie Pass today (in the Cascade Range just east of here).

                          Heather skied, Emily snowboarded, and he did his runs on the monoski.

                          He called a little while ago to say that they were all still in one piece, and heading home.

                          The snow was hard and icy, he said, so he crashed a lot . . . I still struggle to grasp the attraction of winter days spent on the side of a mountain. He struggles to grasp why I can't get what's so necessary about it.

                          (When he was in rehab, there was a snowboarder there--a guy from Alaska with a T-something injury. The nurses all told me how every winter they were getting lots of SCIed boarders, more every year.) When they come back from the mountain, I run their snow clothes through the laundry and stash them ready for the next trip up, and try to be glad they love it so much. What else can I do?

                          Comment


                            Young adult novels

                            Some of the best writing around today is being done for young adults, in my humble opinion. Kate--"Out of the Dust" was fantastic! I am slowly encouraging my 16-year-old niece that reading is not horrific. I hit on one book she LOVED ("Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson) and since then she will only read what I recommend. I gave her several books for Christmas; "Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli, and "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes" by Chris Crutcher were two of the titles. Both are incredible, hard-to-put down. Kate, if your 7th-grader hasn't read "The Trolls" by Polly Horvath...have her try it. It's funny and touching.

                            Has anyone read "The Lovely Bones"? If so...reactions?
                            ____________________________
                            "God warns us not to love any earthly thing above Himself, and yet He sets in a mother's heart such a fierce passion for her babes that I do not comprehend how He can test us so."
                            ~Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders"


                            "Be kind...for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."
                            ~Philo of Alexandria

                            Comment


                              Lovely Bones--

                              No, not that one, but I did read her memoir ("lucky") about surviving being raped while going home to her dorm one night. Tough material, handled well . . . like a surgeon or something, she cuts very delicately to the center of the pain, and gets you.

                              For some reason, people, I am, like, so angry at the whole world lately. I keep catching myself snarling internally. Sucks.

                              Comment


                                Originally posted by kate:

                                For some reason, people, I am, like, so angry at the whole world lately. I keep catching myself snarling internally. Sucks.
                                Kate, I definitely have those days and probably everyone else does too. I hope today is better for you!

                                Today I'm hoping to take Smokey Joe (the last foster dog) out to meet the dogs at an acquaintance's. If they all get along and like each other, maybe he'll have a new home. Though after 3 months or so, I have to say I'm awfully attached to him. I think I need about 100 acres fenced to run a dog rescue mission. There is definitely something wrong with me when I like dogs more than most people (all present company excepted of course). Maybe it's that unconditional love they give. Oh well, if I end up leaving him there, I can imagine bawling all the way home. [img]/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif[/img]

                                Comment

                                Working...
                                X