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Sunday, May 29, 2016

So, yesterday's project was the car

Today's is cleaning a friend's house (which I've finished,  after four hours), and doing both his and my laundry.  I had not done mine last week because I wasn't feeling well. So I had a super load of hand washables,  a super load of regular clothes,  a bath mat,  and then my bedding.  Then there's his.  But it's coming along.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Definitely time to take a break

The hand soap I got from the store unscrewed and got all over the bag,  the lotion had a plug in it and exploded outwards when I pumped it,  and I can't find my lip balm in its place in my bag Things are not looking good at the moment; time to take a break,  rest,  and start over later.

Note to self:

when you have pasty Irish skin and are on certain antibiotics, do not stay outside in the sun for an hour cleaning out your car and its trunk without proper sunscreen. On the one hand, yay, I got my car looking spiffy again; on the other, I also look like a lobster on my arms, face, and neck. I just took a cool shower and will put some aloe lotion on it.

Oh, and the stupid thing is I had sunscreen in my bag, in the car, the whole time. I did put some on afterwards because I was doing a lot of driving around this afternoon and thought it would help prevent further issues, but it was a bit like closing the barn door after the horse has run off. I have also been so terribly hot today, soaked to the skin, my hair wet with sweat and then dry again. I took a cool shower the moment I got through the door, and that helped, and got into some shorts and a tank top. I'm going to put on the lotion and then go lie down in front of the fan for awhile. At least I'm back in air conditioning. I've been in the car, outside, or in a house with just the windows open for something like ten hours now (although we did put the ceiling fans on for watching Hotel Transylvania, the Netflix DVD I have out).

I'm pooped for now, though.

Friday, May 27, 2016

He's saved countless lives by teaching others the Heimlich Manoeuvre

this time he got to use it himself:

Dr. Heimlich Uses His Maneuver For The First Time, Saves 87-Year-Old Woman
Dr. Henry Heimlich didn't hesitate. When a fellow diner started choking, the 96-year-old was ready to perform the maneuver that he invented. He had never actually used the technique in a real situation.

This all happened Monday at an assisted-living facility in Cincinnati, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Resident Patty Ris, 87, had swallowed a piece of meat and was struggling to breathe. Perry Gaines, an employee of the Deupree House — who had in fact performed the Heimlich maneuver before — ran toward her table. But Heimlich was already in position.

"Typically, a staff member would do it," the Enquirer reports. " 'But,' Gaines said, pausing, 'it is Dr. Heimlich.' "

A little fun at spelling bee time

Alaska can't spell Hawaii, and this other state can't spell itself: In honor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Google Trends releases a map showing which word each state struggles to spell.

Unlike my fellow Kentuckians, I can spell 'maintenance', but according to this map, I should live in Minnesota or Montana, because 'vacuum' is a challenge for me, and often takes two tries. I might come out on some of the others, as I use International Standard English spellings in general, not American ones (sorry, have for years--it's just a quirk from reading lots of British literature plus a love for archaic pre-Webster/Dewey spellings), so there's things like 'grey' and 'neigbour' instead of the ones as they are placed on the map. I am a little confused as to why Utah and Arkansas share the whole thing about leprechauns. Amd poor Massachusetts.

Midnight regimen

  1. Banana.
  2. Brush teeth.
  3. Drink water.
  4. Lantus shot.
  5. One of my normal pills.
  6. Albuterol treatment with nebuliser.
  7. Clean the assembly.
  8. Drink water.
  9. Codeine cough syrup.
  10. Recharge nebuliser (It's down to one of three battery levels, after 24 hours/3 treatments. Not bad.)
  11. Return to bed.
Of course, I fell asleep earlier. Why wouldn't you expect it? Besides, I'm sick. :) BUt I got at least four hours of sleep just now. If I can get another four, I'll be happy. I'm almost done with my breathing treatment--just a little more medicine to go. It really does sound like Darth Vader. I suggest getting kids to take it with that in mind. So after that it's just the quick cleanup, the cough syrup, and back to bed. Good night. Oh, and for the record, the codeine syrup isn't quite cherry, either, though it tries. :)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Still not orange :(

But,  hey,  as long as it works.  Speaking of medications,  this was what I took this morning. It's a little frightening.

So much for not being contagious

My best friend now has the crud. Same crud, but fortunately a lighter case. He didn't have to have the shots or the nebuliser. But he's been to the nurse practitioner, been armed with medicines, and is now resting at home. I went ahead and did a few chores to help out, then came back. I'm breathing much better now, although I'm still coughing, but in spurts, not constantly, as the generic Delsym helped quite a bit. My nose is doing better too, probably because of the guaifenesin I got this morning. So now I'm home, eating homemade bread with peanut butter and spreadable fruit, and contemplating what to do next. I'm not tired enough for bed, but not perky enough to do much more in the way of chores. And I'm hot, very hot, and have been all day, even though I've been in air conditioning for most of it. I'm wearing pants that are thin, but I normally only wear in fall or early winter, because they are velvet. I have a very light blouse on, but it has to have a camisole under it because of that. Worse of all, I didn't do laundry last weekend because I was starting to feel bad, and so I'm almost out of underwear, and so I wore--of all things--a pair of Spanx, which of course are probably made from Lycra and Spandex, and not particularly breathable. And of course, there were socks, as with all the rain I didn't wear my sandals. If my feet are hot, I'm hot. Those got chucked as soon as I came through the door. As soon as I eat I'm going to slip into a nightshirt or shorts and be done with that, and maybe sit in the bedroom in front of the fan for awhile.

Despite being sick, and all the coming and going for appointments, I've been chugging along at work. The only thing I really need to focus on tomorrow is my referral queue, as I haven't had the voice to make as many phone calls as I should have this week. I did use the nebuliser at work today, going to the far side of the library so the sound wouldn't disturb my cubicle neighbours, who were training a new employee, and as I took the treatment I decided it really is 'my Darth Vader machine'. It really helped last night to take the breathing treatment. Today I had a pretty bad coughing fit afterwards, but it's calmed down since then.

I'm really looking forward to having the holiday off. I don't actually have anything planned yet, and that's okay. Friday there is no 'Grimm', but there's a late appointment to take my friend to. amd there's another on Saturday noon. Sometime this weekend I should do laundry, we should do a grocery run, and there's Hotel Transylvania out from Netflix to watch, which arrived today. That's it. Mostly I think we'll just be recuperating from the crud. I'm not sure when the hiatus from the game is slated to end. I miss it. But Sundays have been less busy, I must admit.

Okay, I'm finished eating and it's time to compare cough medicines to see if the ingredientsoverlap enough that I shouldn't take the second dose of the generic Delsym now, since I'll take the other right before bed. I don't know if I'll write any more tonight, but if not, have a good one.

PS Hmmm...the Z-Tuss has an antihistamine and the codeine in it. The Delsym has a decongestant, but nothing else that might react. Only the night time Delsym is listed online as an interaction. On the safe side I should probably call the pharmacy, but I think if I take it now, and then take the other about midnight, it should be okay.

Oh, it tried for orange flavour

and so failed.


I process codeine cough syrup in about four and a half to five hours, tops, so I woke up coughing slightly at 3:45 am, worse by 4:20, and then by 4:45 I was out the door with a cough drop in my mouth on my way to Kroger for the daytime stuff so I wouldn't be coughing my brains out. Of course, it was thundering and lightning. It was sprinkling on the way to the store, a decent rain by the time I got there, and then all the heavens broke loose while I was inside (thankfully). I proceeded to stock up on vitamin B12 and D, since mine has disappeared, Kroger Mucinex and Delsym cough syrup, as directed by the nurse practitioner. I also got some bread, blueberries, and bananas, more Kleenexes for work--since I went through half a box yesterday, probably, and some trash bags and toothpaste since I was low. Everything fit in two bags. I did forget to get more Ricola drops, though, and I gave some to my cubicle neighbour, who was coughing pretty horribly yesterday, so I'm getting low.

Now I'm back home, and my strangling cough I had through the store has subsided while I'm drinking something. I'll take the Delsym in a few minutes. It's 12-hour, supposedly, so it can stay home. I'm already taking a small pharmacy and a nebuliser around in my backpack these days, anyway. It was funny, I was getting the Delsym and it asked for my ID at the U-Scan. They didn't even need my ID for the codeine the other day at CVS. :)

I did change back to my other masque for the CPAP, the one with the nasal area rather than the pillows going into the nose, as my nose is a little raw these days. But I went back to the sizing card and my nose length is just on the border between small and medium, so I went up to the medium nose piece instead and it fits better, snugger, without leakage. I slept much better as a result. When I slept, anyway. Oh well, I got about five hours total. That's better than one of my co-workers who has a six month old who gets fed every few hours or so throughout the night. So I won't complain.

Well, it's almost six. I was planning on getting up then, but I think I'll take some of this new cough syrup and try to sleep till 7 am, anyway. And right on cue, there is the dulcet tones of my Scottish music (Battlefield Band) which indicates my cell phone morning alarm is going off. Better snooze for 60 minutes....

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Feeling much better. I'm coughing more, but I can breathe. Not singing-type breathing, but at least my chest doesn't feel like it has a walrus on it. I've actually made boxed macaroni and cheese and have bread ingredients in the bread maker. I realise that's not really cooking and baking, but hey, it's better than I could manage yesterday. In a little while I'll try this nebuliser contraption and see if that helps me breathe better tonight.

This morning

I took three injections,  two eyedrops,  four sprays from a nasal spray,  and 23 pills.  (It would have been 24, but I couldn't find my vitamin D.)  Some of that is from the crud,  some from my normal routine,  but thankfully I am feeling better and with all that I should improve immensely.  But it is a little scary.

The cough syrup

lasts right about at 5 hours, so I got exactly that much time uninterrupted sleep before having a coughing fit. I can't take any more tonight, and I don't have a daytime syrup yet, so I'm up working on a Ricola cough drop and some water before going back to bed. My alarm is actually set for about 20 minutes from now, but there's no reason to get up quite that early, as I can't go exercise this morning like I would like to. So I'll reset it for 6 am. I am breathing much better, though. Yay!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

One more thing

Darlene at Lincare over on Regency Road was great about teaching me how to do the nebuliser.  I'm charging the battery now.  She even put in an extra masque for me, and stayed a few minutes after quitting time to explain everything so I'd have it tonight.

Okay,  that's it.  'Night.

I went to sleep around 7:30

and now I'm up and contemplating my new medicine.
  • Antibiotic--I just took that. It's twice a day for 10 days. In retrospect, I had a different antibiotic this afternoon in injection form, so maybe I should have started this tomorrow, but what's done is done.
  • Antihistamine/Decongestant--Again, took this, as it'll help clear up the sinuses, where I'm getting the choking drainage from.
  • Prednisone--I'm going to wait until tomorrow morning for that; it's a once-daily, and I had a substantial steroid shot this afternoon. Since prednisone and related drugs can really mess up blood sugar, I don't want to overdo it. I also need to make sure I take my nightly Lantus and I'll check my blood sugar tomorrow morning as usual.
  • No nebuliser medicine, unfortunately. I think that really would have helped. I'll take it with me tomorrow; maybe I can get it filled by the afternoon, anyway, and take a treatment then, and another at bedtime. I'm supposed to do it up to three times a day, but definitely before bed. In the meantime, I'm going to use the inhaled version of the same medicine (albuterol), part of my 'rescue' inhaler, to see if it will help, before I go to bed. I figure you use it prophylactically before exercise, so in this case it could help open the passages before sleep.
  • I unfortunately couldn't get the expectorant or daytime cough suppressant. They're over the counter and aren't payable with my flexible spending card (thank you, IRS--that used to be allowed), and I don't get paid until Thursday. So Thursday morning we know what I'll be getting.
  • That brings me to the nighttime cough suppressant. I haven't had codeine in years. And I have to figure out how much 5 ml is. Is that a teaspoon, for instance? I'll look it up. The plan is to drink my water (everything seems to go better if I get plenty of that, then take the syrup, take my Lantus, and head back to bed. I have to put my regular pills together in my weekly reminder box for tomorrow, but I'm going to try to do that in the morning. Must remember to leave out my allergy medicine while I'm on this other antihistamine.
Gee, being sick can be complicated. And this is for a respiratory infection. Think of the cocktails people with HIV have to do or those with cancer. Throw diabetes in the mix, with steroids, and it might make for an interesting few days. Sorry to take up so much of this on being sick, but it is a little foremost in my mind at the moment. I am breathing easier, at least; the cough is becoming worse than the shortness of breath, a tradeoff that, while it's very easy to get tired of coughing, and it hurts, is better than the feeling of an elephant on your chest. The plan tomorrow is getting up early, getting my meds together and the usual morning preparations, continue taking the various medicines, and trying to get as much work done as possible. I did manage to get an awful lot done today, despite being there only part of the day. I'd thought I'd be back (I didn't expect it to take that long for a chest x-ray--the hospital's computers were down and so they were 45 minutes in just the wait for intake, and about 1 hour 15 minutes for the whole wait just for that. The doctor was also an hour and 15 minutes. By the time I got out of both, it was after 4, and I had to get the nebuliser and medicine before they closed at five and six, respectively. (At the time I didn't know the nebulising medicine wasn't included at the pharmacy, and even if I'd gone back to work, I'd have worked for a half hour. I actually had a different appointment at 5:30 this evening, but had to cancel it at the last minute--well, reschedule it, anyway, to go geth the nebuliser in time. Fortunately if you explain you're having breathing issues, they're likely to be nice about it.

Okay, time to do a quick Google search on dosage and then take the syrup, take the Lantus, and go to sleep (hopefully). Good night!

PS 5 ml is, indeed, a teaspoon, but you should use a measuring spoon rather than a household teaspoon, as the latter differ in actual size. Since I'm dealing with a fairly powerful syrup, I'll stick with that recommendation.

Wow, I'm tired...

I left work at 1:10 pm today. It is now 6:45 pm. I am finally home. I have the crud. I have had two shots in my butt, had blood taken, had a chest x-ray, was prescribed numerous medications, and I am now the proud owner of a nebuliser. Unfortunately, the doctor's office forgot to send over the script for the liquid that goes in the nebuliser, so I can't use it tonight and will probably have to go to the pharmacy again tomorrow. But still, I should be on the mend and breathing better soon. Don't worry, lunch bunch, I was told I wasn't contagious. I had to go to two pharmacies because my normal one was out of the codeine syrup.

Official diagnoses: Asthma, Shortness of Breath, Acute Sinusitis, Acute Serous Otitis Media (Bilateral), and Cough. In other words, the crud. I had the two shots (an antibiotic and a steroid) and have been prescribed an antibiotic, a prednisone pack, the syrup for nighttime, an antihistamine/decongestant, albuterol (for both the nebuliser and rescue inhaler), and an expectorant. I have been referred to a pulmonologist as well. I have been running all over this town going to the nurse practitioner/doctor's office, the radiology department of the hospital, the respiratory care company, the two pharmacies, and back home. I pretty much crossed town and back, as the doctor/hospital was in the east and the pharmacy was in the west. The respiratory place was somewhere south of middle, and work is basically in the middle. So the only part of town I didn't go through was north.

I've never used a nebuliser before, so the lady showed me how. This one is a portable one that can be used at home or at work. It even had a chargeable battery and car adapter. I really wish I could use it tonight, as the whole crud thing is worse when I'm trying to sleep. But I should be able to tomorrow. Unfortunately the doctor's office had already closed when I found out it wasn't at the pharmacy, so I'll have to call them tomorrow.

So now I'm tired. And I'm a little peckish, but at the same time, don't want to eat, and I don't have much in the house, and what I have must be cooked, so I'm just not feeling like scrambling eggs or making macaroni and cheese or other pasta. Maybe later. I think I'll take start what medicine I'm supposed to and take a nap (not take the codeine quite yet, though).

Go figure

Funny how usually I make excuses about exercising, but since I've been having an asthma flare up, I've actually wanted to go to the gym.


I've irritated my throat with all my coughing.  I don't have an expectorant or suppressant,  but I found some Ricola cough drops that are probably three or more years old,  but they've been kept well and are still fine,  so I'm taking one before returning to bed.  Maybe that will help. I am so sick of this,  and it hasn't quite been 48 hours (although I did admit to my friend today that I've actually had milder breathing problems ever since the Pledge incident,  so what,  a week or two?)

Monday, May 23, 2016

I think

I slept a grand total of one and a half hours last night, even though I went to bed at 10:30 pm. I couldn't breathe well at all, and I started coughing up stuff every time I laid down. I tried sleeping propped up. That didn't help. I changed CPAP masques and that did, a bit. But generally it was a miserable night, and I seriously considered going to the emergency room, but I figured I wasn't dizzy or starting to turn blue, so I was getting enough air. I considered the fact that I could have a cold, but it didn't feel like one at all. I don't feel sick, or have that feeling one gets with a virus. Everything is in my chest, which is tight, I'm wheezing and coughing, and I just feel like I can't get my breath, like something's standing on my chest, and I'm coughing up whitish gunk (which, at least, isn't green or ye;low). My nose has had a little congestion, but really nothing beyond my normal allergies. Today it cleared up for awhile starting about 9 am, but then worsened later in the afternoon and into the evening, especially when I was driving around doing errands with YKWIA after work. He urged me to call our doctor tomorrow and make an appointment. He has experience with asthma and has had some medical training and even worked in a hospital for years caring for patients, so I should listen to him when he says this is not normal. I'll call tomorrow.

Also today, T-Mobile released the Android Marshmallow 6.01 update for the Samsung Galaxy S5, and so I updated my operating system. For some reason my Day and Night Live wallpaper isn't showing up in Daydream mode anymore [their notes on their Google Play storefront state that Marshmallow is not yet supported for this, so hopefully it will be soon]. It was the one application I had that had special Daydream features. Some applications no longer have their normal icons, all of them ones that are partly on the SD card, instead showing just a little Android. I see applications are listed in internal and external storage,but not how to switch them like I could on Lollipop. [update: I figured that out later, and if you move the application back to internal storage, the icon pops back up]. On the other hand, things are much faster, even though I now have used 13 GB of 16 GB of my internal storage. Actually, even while updating, it specifically said it was optimising 320 applications. :) I don't have that many downloaded, though, so some are preloaded. And is it silly that while the update happened, I was amused by the little Android figure with its antennae twitching back and forth?

I'm listening to a Duran Duran station on Pandora.  I am breathing a little better with the CPAP on and the air conditioning running. I hope this clears up soon!

[2 am update: sorry for the previous errors, which are now hopefully taken care of. There are certain hazards to blogging on your phone quickly (I never learned to type quickly on a virtual keyboard, but rather learned to swipe along the more sophisticated Android keyboards, and so I can go pretty quickly, but sometimes autocorrect is not my friend). Proofreading while you're not really feeling your best is not conducive to good writing, either. Okay, I've had some water and done something that required being up in the middle of the night for someone. Now it's time to go back to bed. At least I was able to sleep for about two hours before I woke up in a coughing fit.]

Sunday, May 22, 2016

I had to use my inhaler today

and actually, while I normally use it once or twice every six months or so, I've probably used it five times in the last two weeks, once during the whole Lemon Pledge Incident, the rest at various times. I assumed at first this was because we have a very high grass pollen and moderate tree pollen count at the moment, and have for awhile. And that is probably part of it.

But this time the inhaler didn't work that well. I kept coughing. It was hard to talk. I sounded like I had bronchitis but I haven't had a cold or sinus infection, I've run no fever, I'm not feeling sick. I just can't breathe well. I even put my CPAP on for about an hour and a half to see if the filtered air helped. I've closed the windows and put the air conditioner on, finally. I talked to YKWIA on the phone a little while ago and he suggested to soaking my feet in very warm water, which acts as a vasodilator. His neighbour had mowed grass today, but the windows of the house were closed and the dogs weren't out during that, really. I'm also itching, which isn't usual with my grass allergy. (I'm allergic to just about everything outside and quite a few inside things, as well). So, I've thought about what I had or did today and the only thing unusual was that I drank some hazelnut coffee. Then it occurred to me that other day that I had walnuts, and my lips itched after I ate them. I had to take a hit on the inhaler that day, too, I think. I eat tree nuts pretty often; now I'm wondering might be developing an allergy towards them. Years ago I tested mildly to them, not enough to be considered an allergy, but not a neutral reaction. So I definitely need to talk to the allergist. If hazelnut coffee puts me into wheezy breathing and making it hard to talk for 3-4 hours, it could get worse. In the meantime, no tree nuts for me, I think. Also, I was going to make baklava and take it to work next week, but I'm thinking that might not be a good thing now. And while I have made it with peanuts (legumes, not tree nuts, not the same) for someone with a tree nut allergy, it just isn't the same; it comes out more like peanut butter between phyllo dough.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Hot, tired, and aching

I went over to a friend's house after work to help with chores,  like litter,  trash,  recyclables, and washing some dishes. I took the Herbie (trash container) and Rosie (recyclables container) out to the curb. Now I'm home,  and I've watered my plants here,  and have quite a bit to do,  but I'm going to take it easy for awhile and rest. Hopefully I don't actually go to sleep for the night. But I definitely want to give my neck and back a rest.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

There is a fine line between aiding and enabling

and although you do care for a person deeply, sometimes it is more important to let him experience the true consequences of his actions or choices. But it doesn't mean you stop caring about the person or even stop worrying about his welfare. Some people need to hit rock bottom before things really begin to change. That's especially important of someone in the grip of an addiction. Sometimes when you care, the best thing to do is step back and fight down the urge to rescue. But it is hard--and far harder for the person himself, I'm sure, to endure the mess he's made. I have to keep reminding myself of that lately.