Monday, June 5, 2017


Well I went for my annual checkup last month. When the Dr. asked how I had been doing lately, I told her, that quite honestly, about the last 6 months I have been extremely tired. She asked if I was using my CPAP and I said yes, that even after sleeping 6-9 hours with my CPAP, I wake up tired. If I do not have anything that has to be done right away, I will get up take the dogs out, take my medicines, and the dogs and I will sit in my chair and cover up and take a 2 -3 hour nap. I never feel refreshed and will actually tell my family that I have been working all morning and need to sit down for a few minutes. I will have difficultly keeping my eyes open, and will tell them I need to rest my eyes for a few minutes, they will set an alarm for 30 minutes and try waking me up but I will usually be down for a few hours. So, they took 3 vials of blood. I get a call back after a week and I am told that I have Hypothyroidism. They have called in a medication for to add to my growing list of meds I take on a daily basics and want me to come back in about 90 days to check how the dosage is helping and if they need to increase, etc.

So I do some research.  According to the Mayo Clinic, Hypothyroidism is an under active thyroid condition After reading some of the problems it can cause, it explains why, in the last 6 months or so, I have been having joint pains in my hips when standing/walking for long periods of time, as I do in my part-time job. It can cause weight gain, even when you reduce your intake, explains why, even with weight loss pills and reduced food intake, I was not loosing any weight, I also did not gain any, but I am obese. I am constantly fatigued, extremely sensitive to cold, puffy face, my cholesterol level has increased, I have muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness, that while it can be normal, not to the extend I have been experiencing lately. I have become more forgetful, any thought processes have slowed.

One of the Risk Factors is having a family history of thyroid disease, so I have made my son his annual checkup and told the nurse that we wanted to up date family history to say I have Hypothyroidism and to have him checked.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday - Snow day

I scrapped the snow to show how much snow had fallen after 6am and by 11.

 This shows how much snow has come down between 11 and 12:30.

I have scrapped down to show another height at 12:30

3 Tech students came over to have a snowball fight with Xander and David.
 Xander thinking he does not need a jacket, just his pullover.
 Lets hit dad with a snowball.

 David launches one at Philip.

 Xander is trying to building a snow castle.

 Cocoa really wants to play too.

 Shot of snow fallen at 2:30
 snow is building

 Cocoa and BJ are loose and playing with everyone.

Cocoa's legs when I brought her in to warm up. She really has the snow packed in her fur. Had to put her in the cart to try and dry her off without her running around.

Snow - Cocoa's first real snow

Chair shows how much snow has actually fallen since 6 am at our house, before that it was all rain and ice. I know it was after 6 am because I had looked outside at that time and it was still rain/ice coming down.

Cocoa and I had to convince BJ to go out in the snow to go the bathroom.  

Once we got him out there, he was running and playing

 Both of them running and and jumping around.
 Cocoa decided there was something buried in the snow and had to be dug out. Of course BJ would not let me chain him, so when he saw the two dogs watching he took off after them, which meant I had to go out in the snow and pick him up once I caught him. The way he runs is with his chest close to the ground, which meant he had snow everywhere, because he ran around their fence 3 or 4 times before I caught him.
 Cocoa, once again, got caught around this fire pit in the backyard, which meant I had to go and get her uncaught. Both dogs had to be towel dried when they came in.
 The snow blew under the porch up to the back door, getting the grill.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Cocoa's demand

Cocoa has decided to show her demand that I quit working on typing my document information for my internship and take a nap. Luckily I had just saved the document before she moved and closed the program.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Great News on Wayne's Open Heart Surgery!

Instead of having to replace the problem valves, they were able to repair them. He went in on Monday and came home on Saturday. He tires easily but is in good spirits. We went down on Saturday to see him, calming David and Xander's fears, plus making Wayne happy. Glenda said Wayne was really wanting to see Xander. BJ and Cocoa were happy to spend time sleeping in Wayne's lap. Glenda needed the help so she could catch up on some much needed sleep. Between worrying about Wayne, driving down 280 in Birmingham traffic on her way back and forth between the hotel and the hospital, and the last few nights at the hotel they had disrupted neighbors. Glenda said one night they had neighbors in the next room having a knockdown fight that the police had to show up for, another night they had groups of teens wandering around without supervision just making loud noises throughout the hallways. They arrived home yesterday afternoon and Glenda had to run to the grocery store and pick up a few staples and Wayne's new medications before the pharmacy closed, so she was just give out after driving back yesterday and having to deal with the grocery store. Wayne said just the ride home yesterday wore him out and he didn't even drive (not allowed to for a while).

Monday, December 14, 2015

Please continue to keep my Father-in-Law in prayers. Delayed Open Heart Surgery.

We received news this morning that the pre-surgery blood work showed that his white blood count was extremely high. They have given him antibiotics and is sending him home. They have rescheduled the surgery until December 28th, at which time they are replacing 2 valves that are not working properly.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Please keep my Father-in-Law in your prayers.

Last April, my Father-in-Law, went in for neck surgery. He had several vertebrae that were fused together. The Doctors said he could move the wrong way and paralyze himself. During the surgery, he started loosing a lot of blood, so much so they almost lost him. They found that there was a valve in his heart that was not properly attached/working, that caused him to bleed internally. The heart Doctor and the neck Doctor wanted the other to preform their surgery first because they didn't want to be the one that caused problems on the operating table.

In October, the neck surgery and one of the heart specialists decided that he could not wait any longer and that they had to do the neck surgery.  There were no complications this time. He has been telling us how much better he feels and that he can swallow without pain now.

They called him Thanksgiving week, to come in to be cleared to have the neck surgery. He was cleared, they told him they would like to preform Open Heart surgery December 11th, but he told them his son was being hooded on the 12th and he wanted to go. They agreed to postpone until Monday, December 14th.  He is currently on his way down to Birmingham, Alabama to spend the night before reporting to UAB Hospital at 5 am for surgery. Glenda and her sister, Judy are going to stay at the hotel and travel back and forth to the hospital daily to spend time with him.

Please keep Wayne's surgery in your thoughts and prayers, along with the family as we all deal with our worry about him.