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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December 31, 2013 (New Year's Eve!)

Went to the specialist this morning.  Not too nervous, as I didn't think he'd do much besides examine me.  So he cleaned out my stuffed nose, put a scope up it (waaaaay up it!), then numbed it.  He gave it 5 minutes to be frozen and then chemically cauterized it!   Yaaaaay!  He thinks that should be the end of the nosebleeds, but can't be sure.  I sure hope so!

They are sending me for an MRI of my head sometime this next month, just to make sure there's nothing else going on.  I'm sure it'll be OK.

I want nothing more this vacation than to "nest".  Basically content to spend all my time at home.

It's snowing nicely tonight, and we went to Starlite for dinner.  I had the Turkey Pretzelwich and Gary had the Big Sicilian.  All was good.  Gary usually cooks the New Year's dinner for us, but bought a frozen pizza at Aldi's instead!  Maybe I've worn him out this vacation.

Well, it's New Year's Eve, but we'll just spend it as every other night and relax!

December 30, 2013 (Monday)

The ear, nose & throat specialist called and gave me an appointment in a week, on Tuesday after I'm back to work.  They could've made it Friday, but I didn't want to miss Mary Benoit's funeral.

Went to my mom's and, when I got home, Gary said they'd called back and want to make it tomorrow morning!  That's great!

December 29, 2013 (Sunday)

I didn't really feel like getting around for church after the week I've had.  But I knew I'd be glad to be there and see people!  So it was a nice morning and we ate at Big Boy in Clio after.  Hadn't been there in a long time.  We then went to WalMart and, after we'd been there awhile, they told everyone to head for the cash registers as they were about to lose power!  So that was the end of that!  We hurried, but we were done anyways.

December 24, 2013 (Tuesday) - December 28 (Friday)

Well, today was certainly an interesting Christmas Eve!

Gary went out to shovel in the cold.  Not a good thing.  At about 8 a.m., one of my nosebleeds began.  I pinched my nose for a long time, and after about 30 minutes I sent Duke out to get Gary.  That took a bit, since Duke had to do his tracking first.  Finally, Gary caught sight of him and had decided to come in anyways.  As he was heading up the driveway, I was motioning frantically.  It had been 40 minutes and was still gushing, so he had to take me to the hospital.  It was a long drive on a slippery expressway.  We pulled into the parking lot, about an hour and a half after it had started.  I was hoping I would find then that it had stopped, and I could just turn around and go see Dr. Karr and have him look at it.  No such luck.  It was still gushing.  So into the ER we went and, fortunately, it wasn't busy at that point.  They took good care of me.  One time I spit a huge flattened softball-size clot in the sink there! 

Side note:  Two employees, including the doctor, asked me if I was allergic to anything.  I told them penicillin and they affixed a red bracelet to my wrist signifying that, the same wrist that had my other hospital bracelet on.  When I left, I was prescribed Amoxicillin and Vicodin (for pain, although I didn't really have any, except sinus pain from them messing with me).  Gary picked up my prescriptions at VG's.  I assumed the Amoxicillin was permitted.  After all, the doctor should know, right?  Friday I went to Dr. Karr's to have him remove the packing.  I asked him if it was ok that I was taking the Amoxicillin.  He said, "Probably not!"  He gave me a different antibiotic and asked me if I could take that one.  Heck if I know!  So Gary later went to pick up the antibiotic at VG's.  A different pharmacist and tech were on that day.  He told them the story, and the tech said, "Well, that is flagged in our system, and they shouldn't have given that to you!"  The pharmacist then thought I shouldn't be taking the new antibiotic either.  He checked with Dr. Karr and Dr. Karr said I really didn't need any, so that's how it ended up.

So Dr. Karr referred me to an ear, nose, throat specialist, but said most are closed until after the New Year.

Gary and I exchanged presents on Christmas Day.  It was fortunate that, for once, he didn't wait until Christmas Eve to buy them.  I had already received a new remote car starter from him, as my old one had died.  Also got a created sapphire necklace, a nice scarf and a pink top. 

Thursday was my mom's 98th birthday.  I was able to go and spend some time with her.  I made her a bulletin board to hang in her room with all her family pictures of kids and grandkids on it.

December 22, 2013 (Sunday)

No church today, as everything is ice.  The church and most people around Genesee County have no power.  We're fortunate we do!  Amanda's was one of the first to go out last night.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Gooseberry Patch!

Today was supposed to be my last day of school before Christmas break, a half day. However, school was called off due to icy conditions! So, my Christmas cards (half were addressed) and my directory are still there, as are a few giftable sugar scrubs I'd made.  I couldn't get in there today to retrieve them, so hopefully I can by Monday at the latest.

Laura J. brought me a Christmas dish of homemade cookies, etc.  Very nice of her, especially on such a bad day!

Tonight we went to Twin's and K-Mart.  Bought a humidifier, as my nosebleeds are horrendous.  Not normal nosebleeds!  Had another one at school yesterday morning.  Leaned a little to the left, while in my chair, to grab something, and it just started pouring blood once again.  So I made another doctor's appointment, and I hope he'll cauterize it right then! Got on my tote bag (won't completely come out), my bio folder, my yellow shirt (came out easily right then), and also on the carpet!

I've enjoyed making these Gooseberry Patch wall hangings this year: