Sunday, June 13, 2010

More of the story of Sick Ole Amber and Her Daughter's Encounter

Oh Lord...I don't even know where to start. It has been so long since I've posted my blog has spider webs. The past week has been full of appointments with various doctors and labs....and sleep studies. And to top it all off with a bright red cherry....I have a bright red rash that my new primary doesn't know what the hell it is. He did get me an appointment with a dermatologist for next Tuesday, but that is a long time when your body from your knees to the top of your head itch like MAD. He told me to take Zyrtec and Claritin....I thought to myself...yeah right. So I took that junk and then some benadryl and then some aloe with lidocaine in it and rubbed all over lightly and some spray Rhulihist and spray Benedryl with more of it and then a pain pill and a trank, courtesy of Dr. Elderly. I'm sure I took some other stuff. If I die it will be nobody's fault except mine. And I didn't, so, basically I'm still hanging in, but my attitude has become sort of rank lately. I was just getting ready to post about my daughter's encounter with the flash flood in Texas when I saw an email from one of my "friends". email has dropped off significantly. Just goes to show ya how much those "Love You" emails are worth. HA! I've told you I'd been back to the hospital for another round of pneumonia which my new primary described as "there was only a small amount of fluid in your lungs, so it was barely pneumonia." What a Dick. I get pretty upset about ANY fluid in my lungs. The night I went to the hospital the first time I think I cracked a tooth, if not there is something very serious going on in that area, too. Well, being unable to make an appt with my dentist I waited until the first of this week to make an appointment. I had thought it was a safe time for that...but the rash came and I will have to cancel in the morning, since we don't know if it is an allergy rash or some foreign country Ebola. I'm sure Dr. Dentist would happily see me when I'm not all spotty. Hopefully I'll be able to get it fixed another time. Upside of this is that I use the water pick and floss after every meal. Diligently!

Oh yeah...Dr. Primary told me I no longer have diabetes after talking to me for three minutes. I just looked at him and asked how did he know that. He started off on some bs rabbit trail so I told him I still use the Lantus and humalog. Those are the injectable meds. Oh, he said. In that case just use the Lantus at night. I just left the old guy doc, because he just wanted to give me pain pills and tranks everytime I came in. I guess, so I'd go away and leave him alone, and I actually wanted to feel well. I'd stayed with him for 37 years and it wasn't for the drugs, either. He really was a great diagnostician....he's so old he'd seen everything in the medical world. Now this one wants to go one on one with me instead of treating me with tlc. He just doesn't know. God forgive me but the first night I was in the ER back in April when they gave me the evil Morphine, I think I cursed out a church pastor. He was asking me to pray with him and I figured I had enough to pray about for myself and he could just pray for himself and I told him so and to "Get Thee hence and the hell out of my room!" At some point he broke into tears. I was stunned by that from someone like him. I couldn't help myself much less him! I haven't seen him since which is unusual because all the new doctors have offices at that hospital. I've run into a lot of people there when going to appointments...even a lady in my knitting group. My husband said it was the ER...I can't figure why my husband allowed him to badger me that night or allow him in my room. He said he thought he was another doctor. I wonder how long it would have taken him to figure out he was a psycho? I may just post this...except I was going another way with my life story. Changed my mind.

ps-I have sleep apnea, too and they put aside a darlin' little blue mask for me. It is to die for. Hell, won't I be a beauty? The first night of the testing I certainly was. I scared myself when I had to get unhitched to go to the bathroom and looked in the mirror. My hair was standing up all over my head from the gunk they use to hold the leads to you. The guy had warned me about how hard it is to get the mess off and to get some Goo Gone to get it out of my hair. Hubby went to get some and after reading the WARNINGS it didn't seem like a good choice at all. I found some stuff they had given me at the hospital for a "dry" bath. I figured what the heck...and gave it a whirl. It all came out with no hassle. I can hardly wait to see the pulmonologist on the 21st to get my lovely mask, at least I hope he is the one who has it. After the second night in the sleep lab I was ready to cut and run and did as soon as I could get out of there.

Now to the post I'd meant to write this morning about my oldest daughter. Her fiancee decided going to the wilderness to camp would be about the funnest thing he could think of to spend time with my Her, aka The Princess. She has been a great sport about camping in the past even though she loathes it, but figured if there was a/c in the RV it was sort of ok and there was usually a river close by to swim in. So, reluctantly she agreed to go with him and a bunch of people they know to camp on the Guadalupe River, near Greune, Tx. (prounounced-Green). Very early in the morning Rman woke The Princess and said " tiWe gotta go!!" He is sort of like Tommy Lee Jones or Viggo Mortenson when it comes to man talk. He was serious and she knew it. She didn't think she had shoes with her and only flip flops. He had cut the barb wire between them and a hill with some bolt cutters he had with him. He must have been a boy scout before he was a Marine. Who else would take bolt cutters with them on a camping trip. He told her to hang on tight when they got out and she did. She told me the current was unbelievable, and trying to keep on those flip flops was a real challenge. She had charge of some children of some of their friends and was keeping them rounded up. She said it was surreal walking through a river with Lord knows what in it, climbing the hill in flip flops with kids all around her, lightning crashing on all sides and rain like crazy. Rman had gone back to help others get out safely. There were some people in a tree, but they opted to stay where they were. Wise decision. He did get some others out and one couple were staying on the river pre wedding day. She had her wedding dress, rings, and passport with her in anticipation of a wonderful wedding to remember. It will be remembered alright. All of the wedding stuff was lost. However, the next day a box was found in an upside down trailer and her wedding dress was in the box. Princess told me the box was muddy as all get out, but the dress was spotless white. The rings and passport haven't been recovered that I am aware of. She was very sensitive on the ring issue, because a couple of weeks ago hers went missing while she was cooking. She had put them on the windowsill and then they were gone. Rman only said one word and then he was ok. I told her to get a chain and wear it around her neck like Frodo. A few weeks later TP was hunting sea glass with her maid's daughter when Marti came out with TP's cell. She told her someone was ringing her....the ring was on top of the phone. There was great joy and happiness in that household that night! They have too much time on their hands for sure.

Back to the flood. Rman and TP's RV and truck were the last ones to not get damage. All the ones parked behind them were flooded and they will have to pay for the rented rvs. Worst news ever, except for the family of the gentleman who drowned. I suggested possibly their homeowners or car insurance might pay. We will see.

TP was so upset when I talked to her the next day I could hardly understand her. Actually she was still incoherent from fear and shock I thought she had a bottle of booze and laying in the back seat holding it like a baby. I'm surprised she could speak at all. They were staying with one of Rman's cousins until they could help the other friends get their stuff sorted out. Earlier that day I'd seen the awful pictures of the flood on the news and said..."My daughter was down there camping this past weekend!" I'd forgotten they had planned to stay until Wednesday or Thursday. I just figured out a way for us to save about $50,000. We aren't going to buy an RV for sure. That is also a way to know you are a native Texan, when you have a cousin to who will shelter you at anytime and anywhere. Cousins are very good things to have. God saving your loved ones is even better.


  1. I am soooo sorry for all you are going through, I do hope you are fit and well again soon, You're like me if you have the slightest thing wrong you want it sorted, Last year I had a routine cervical cancer test all women have them, my result came back abnormal followed by probably pre cancer cells, I had to attend the hospital 10 days later where a biopsy was taken, the result came back just inflamation, no sign of cancer, but stressed I must have to have another routine test in April, off I went to the doctors had the test, result came back abnormal and must go to the hospital in OCTOBER, well to me that's too long my doc says I havn't got cancer just sometimes a virus can cause the cells to get inflamed but I want it sorted now,

    I hope your daughter will be ok, there seems to be alot of bad weather in your country, I was coming over to Nasville in 10 days time but last month they too had bad flooding and the concert I was going to is being re-sccheduled.

    I will be thinking of you.
    Take care.

  2. Thank you, Yvonne,

    Really...the truly terrible weather happens all over the world and we really never know when it will happen. A coupld of years ago we met a couple from Manchester and they had a tornado just a few days after we got back and that was in November. I'm sure that was a shocker for was for me.

    Hope you are fine after the surgery. I have been cancer free for over 45 years now. It is an easy one to cure if caught in time.

  3. Holy Smokes! What a horror tale, no, TWO horror tales.

    I hope your health issues improve--seems like everything comes in bunches. You haven't been bitten by any ticks have you?

    I did the sleep test and thankfully passed it. But people who comply with the regimen say it makes a remarkable difference in how they feel. I guess that is after they get used to the noise of the gear.

    Your daughter's nightmare equates to a similar event in Arkansas this past week but very tragic.

    Looking forward to your being better. I really laughed at the minister/praying deal. Even though I certain believe in prayer, I prefer to request it, not have it layed upon me.

  4. I tell people the sleep apnea test sucks. I didn't like it and told the doctor so. He finally built a new building and put the bedrooms in there. At least it is air conditioned and clean.

    I didn't know or think about being Native American. We got some in us but not much.

  5. Good Golly! What a tale (2)! Sounds like it is time for some goodness to come your way and your daughter's too! Will keep you both on my prayer chain!
    Hang in there.

  6. Good gosh, Amber. You sure have been going through some stuff lately. I hope they can get something to help the rash soon and hope you are on the road to recovery. One of my bloggers just lost her husband, another one's husband broke his hip and is in a nursing home, several have quit blogging. What a summer it has been. We had bad storms here last night and flood warnings are out every day. I check every day to see if you have posted. Thought maybe you did not feel like it and did not want to bother you. So glad your daughter is safe. Thinking of you.

  7. Judy,
    I really didn't feel like posting for the longest time. All I felt like doing was laying on the sofa with the remote and watching tv. Hopefully it will start to look up soon. I see the dermatologist in the morning.

    I've seen the rain up in Arkansas, but not so much in Kentucky. Wish we could get some here. It has been the driest spring I've ever seen...I think. I hope Patti comes back to blog somemore when she gets up to something new. Tell her I miss her. I've missed all of you, but just didn't feel like fooling with turning the computer on those days.

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  9. Oh my goodness! Well! One things for sure... you're not MISSING emails from ME! One can not MISS something one never gets! LOL! (I am the worst emailer on the Northern Hemisphere... maybe BOTH hemispheres!)

    AS... I wonder if all of your doctors are THAT bad... or if you are THAT old!? (I'm just kidding!!! JUST KIDDING!!!) I'm sorry... I can't help myself! It does sound like you've been going through some NIGHTMARE stuff! sheeeesh! Of course Dr. Whippersnapper probably just thinks you should ACCEPT that you're old and you'll never feel WELL again! NOT true! I HAD accepted that I was old and would never feel well again... but now I do... so I know I was wrong!

    As for your little Princess... WOW! I think my prayers are with her that God might provide her with a great bout of amnesia! What a thing to survive though! The stories she'll tell your great grandchildren! And they won't even have to GROW through the years... Amazing. I'm glad it all came out okay anyway... at least for YOUR family!

  10. Ach Melli,
    I don't know what to think about Dr. Whippersnapper at all. I saw the dermotologist yesterday and he increased the steroids back up to 60mh/day. The dermo is a nice guy and did a biopsy of my skin to make sure it is indeed an allergy.

    Dr. WS called about it last night. I haven't been in much of a good mood with not being able to sleep from itching, etc. and before I knew it we were quarreling. I've just got to look for another primary. I see the rheumatologist this afternoon for some reason. It si starting to run together these days. I don't feel too old or too worn out to feel good again. But sometimes I wonder with the neverending things that happen. I need to go to the dentist and can't figure out when. is going to take TP a while to get over that nightmare, but I sure am glad she had Rman with her. I'm still wondering where all the kids came from. She doesn't have any and his were home.
    Her life is a mystery to the speaking Spanish part...remember?

  11.'ve had a long bout with not feeling well.I hope that from now on your illness will be a thing of the past.
    My husband uses a C Pap at night. He said it was hard to get used to, but now it really doesn't bother him.It's better than dying in your sleep. Without it, he wakes himself up every few minutes all night.
    So glad that your daughter came out of the flood OK. How scary.
    Well, continue getting better and just plan on taking it easy this summer.

  12. Balish,
    You really just cut to the chase doncha. He wakes himself up?! every few minutes all night? to keep from dying? I would just be going without ever knowing what happened. I was sort of surprised when I was at the sleep lab and the guy came rushing in with some sort of machine...guess is was an older C pap because I'd quit breathing. Maybe I'll feel a lot better once I get a decent nights' sleep. I was really surprised my husband noticed I'd stopped breathing. He never notices anything like that. He sleeps at night and that is all.

    I'm having a lazy day today. It rained all day yesterday and it is supposed to rain more today. We hadn't had rain in a couple of months and we needed it so much. One of the really good parts is that I've discovered my hair will curl without me having to blowdry it. Saves me so much in getting hot and sweaty after showering. Saves me from getting all rashy again, too, and it helps keep me cool!