Sunday, October 13, 2013

Off the grid and in the air...

What I've been up to lately:

1.  I've learned computers really aren't that fun without an internet connection.  It's true.  They just sit there about as exciting as a bag of rocks!  Being off the grid for almost three weeks, thanks to some heavy-duty problems with our neighborhood Century Link box, made me nostalgic for the typewriter of my youth.  At least with my Olympia I got the satisfaction of scrolling in the paper, listening to the sounds of pecks, dings, and carriage returns, and unjamming the crisscrossed keys locked up from typing too fast.

2.  Finished a month of another round of IV's this Tuesday.  So glad to be free of these little bulbous guys.  Started out with Ceftaz, Merrem, and Linazolid.  After several of days on the Linazolid, I woke up with my world on the move again.  If I dipped  my head at all, I became dizzy and laying on my left side brought about the same results.  Honestly, this balance/dizzy problem is for the birds.  So frustrating.  Got a week of that drug under my belt when we decided to stop it so the dizziness would ease.  Then at three weeks when I should have been finished, I still had a productive cough so we added Vancomycin on a very slow drip to reduce my bronchospasms.  Adding that for an additional week made the difference and I felt like I improved enough to stop all the meds finally.  Hopefully this clean out will last longer...I know I've said that the last two times but I really mean it this time, body!!

3.  Got flights booked for Tuesday morning to North Carolina for another check-up at Duke.  Besides the usual xrays, bloodwork, and pulmonary function test, I will be seeing a new pulmonary doctor, a new dietitian, my transplant coordinator, and a new psych doctor.   My medical day begins at 7:40 a.m. and my last appointment is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.  Hopefully everyone stays on time and I get outta there before dark  Wednesday will be a long doctor-filled day no matter what happens.  Not sure what they will say this time, just trying not to stress about it too much.

4.  I taught a group of Relief Society ladies how to index for  Dusted off my rusty Power Point skills and put together a presentation to show how fun and easy indexing historical documents can be.  Indexing genealogical records gives researchers a way to find their family information easily without having to scroll through rolls and rolls of microfilm just browsing images hoping to find one that may be related.  It's a great volunteer opportunity which helps others and who knows, maybe someone else will make something you've been searching for available as well!

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