Friday, April 13, 2007

A new way of seeing

I was a very healthy child and rarely ever got sick. That actually kind of sucked since I didn't get out of school very often, but now I look back on those days and think "if only".

I didn't develope allergies until I was in my 20's, and they've progressively gotten worse over the years. The last 3 weeks or so have been the worst I've ever experienced. Sneezing, itchy eyes the whole bit. Yesterday afternoon my eyes itched so bad I could barely stand it and by the time I was heading home (well, to Mom's to take care of the cat and then to visit Dad) I felt like there was a small pebble lodged in my eye. It kept moving around on me, but I never did find anything. By the time I made it to Dad's I realized that I had some sort of an eye infection. By the time I made it home (about 9:00) I was miserable.

This morning my eye was just about swollen shut, but it actually felt better - not really itching anymore. I went to the health clinic because I was pretty sure that I had pink eye for the very first time in my life. The doctor confirmed it and said that it was caused by the allergies and admonished me to not let them get so bad next time.

I don't take anything for my allergies because I have high-blood pressure and I can't take most cold medicines because of it. I always assumed (ass u me) that carried over to allergy medicine too and so I've always just suffered through it. He gave me a script for some eye drops, an antibiotic, some allergy medicine, and a decongestant.

I went to the pharmacy after leaving the clinic to get the eye drops and the antibiotic. Wanna know how much I paid for 6, count them - 6!, GENERIC antibiotics? $50.00. Amazing.

So now I'm wondering, could I have skipped the doctor, saved some money, and just let this thing clear up on it's own?

In other news - I got the results from my second pap back - NORMAL again. Thank God. I've worried an amazing amount about these things. Not between tests, but once they've done the test and I'm waiting for the results I'm a nervous wreck.

The next issue is going to be that I don't think I'm ovulating. That stupid test line will get almost as dark as the reference line, and then the next day it's barely visible. I don't know if I'm just somehow missing the surge or if I'm not ovulating. I guess when I go back in July I'll ask about starting on Clomid to see if that helps.

Isn't there a simple blood test to check fertility? Maybe I should do that? At least then I'd know.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

I talked to Lesley

and Doug's oldest granddaughter has a tumor on her pituitary gland. This could be a sign that she has MENS type 1 like Doug did. Lesley left a comment about it on the "I'm still here" post, a couple of posts down.

Apparently Doug was never actually tested for MENS, he had enough symptoms that they decided that's what it was without the test. Kyra's not old enough to be tested yet, they wanted to wait until she's at least 5. So now, we're all anxiously waiting for Madison's test results to come back - should be Wednesday. Then depending on the results, Kyra's geneticst will decide if she needs to be tested.

So I'm off to see what I can find out about this disease. Is there something that can be done now to minimize the effects? I don't think it's curable, but I don't know for sure.

Pray for both Madison and Kyra - and the rest of Doug's children who might also be affected by this disease.


Chris and I are going to Texas for our 2nd anniversary. We're leaving on a Saturday and heading to Ausin where we're going to catch some live music - I found what's supposed to be a traditional Irish pub where we'll go for dinner and then we're going to wander around 6th Street. Then we're going to camp for a night before heading to South Padre Island for the rest of the week.

I'm really looking forward to it. We've got a hotel for our anniversary night and the next night, and then we're going to camp on the beach for the rest of the time. He used to live in Brownsville, which isn't far from S. Padre, so he's got a list of places he wants to take me to. I asked him when was the last time he was there? It's been some 20 years, so we'll see what's still there.

We are going to take a dolphin tour. I found a place that does private ones, so it'll just be us and the dog. I'm thinking we'll do an evening tour - nice and romantic. These are wild dolphins, so there's no swimming or feeding them, but it'll be great just to be able to see them in their natural environment.

I know that Kenny and Haley live in Texas, but I don't know where. I'd love to stop by and see them, so I guess I'd better call Debbie and find out how to get ahold of them.

So, does anyone know of any other cool things to go do or see while we're there?

Friday, April 06, 2007

April 6, 2007

Monday 4/2/07 - 84 degrees, sun shining, beautiful.
Friday 4/6/07 - It's snowing.

I'm ready for Spring!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I'm still here

It's been such a long time since I posted, I almost forgot how to log in! It's been a crazy couple of months: Dad's been in the hospital 3 times and had to have his leg amputated. Mom's had an unsuccessful surgery on her knee - she's going to have to get it replaced fairly soon. She and Grandma are in Washington now, they tried to leave Friday morning, but the Dallas airport was closed due to all of the rain, so they didn't leave until Saturday am. They made it safe and sound, and if they don't take pictures of my niece and nephews I'm going to be VERY upset.

I'm still working and going to school. Speaking of school, let me ask you about this:

I misread a due date for a test in one class, so I took it one day late. The professor told me he'd take 10 points off my grade for being late. That's fair. Then, he curved everyone's grade EXCEPT mine 12 points. When I asked him about it he said it wasn't fair to everyone else if I got the curve. I didn't agree but what can I do? So I lost 22 points on that test. Whatever you do, don't be late on one of his tests!

So then I take the 2nd test and when I get it back, I missed a question that I felt should have been correct. So I talked to the teacher and he agreed that the answer had been mis-coded. Did I get my two points? Hell no. Instead he curved everyone 10 points. So in effect, I only got curved 8 points.

Speaking of curving - this guy just picks numbers out of the air. Usually, the highest score on a test gets raised to 100 and everyone else gets raised that number of points. I had the high score on the test of 96 (I actually did get one question incorrect, so my grade should have been 98). Therefore, the maximum curve should have been 4 points, right? How did he come up with 10 points?

Does that seem fair to you? Chris says I'm being silly. I still have a 95 overall in that class, so it's not like I'm failing it or anything. It's just the point. So far I've gotten screwed by 14 points. If this keeps up I will fail the class!

That's about all going on in my life, how's yours going?

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