ReCounts (Too many days to count)

I’m beginning to doubt my ability to do this daily journal-type blogging thing. I started w/ every intention of posting something on a daily basis, whether it was writing about my thoughts, something that had happened, or just giving a recount of the days events. But it seems that my plans have turned into something along the lines of “the best laid plans of mice & men” – in other words things have not necessarily gone as planned.

Not sure what I was thinking trying to take on blogging on a daily basis w/ everything else I’ve got going on. Another thing that has started taken up some more of my time is that I’ve started my Health Information Technology classes at Pima CC. I’m taking 3 classes this term:

  1. Intro to Health Information Management
  2. Medical Terminology
  3. Health Information Employment Policies
  • Classes started on Wednesday. I haven’t gotten my books just yet but there’s still been quite a bit that I’ve been able to do.
  • We had a pretty good rain storm and wind storm come through this last week. The rain storm was on Wednesday:
  • The wind storm was on Friday:
  • In keeping with Tradition here is my
  • Question of the Day:
  • What are some shows you like to watch
  • Here are some of the ones I’ve been watching lately:
    • Master Chef – This show cycles through with Master Chef Jr and Hells Kitchen (which will be starting up in September)Gordon Ramsay’s 24 hours to Hell and Backer (old episodes)I recently started watching some episodes from “Sabrina, the teen-age witch”Here are 5 Random Blogs:

    Menopause – A List of Symptoms

    Warning!! – This post might be a bit TMI. If you’re not wanting to hear about menopause and the symptoms thereof now is a good time to get out….

    Don’t say I didn’t warn you – LOL.

  • The thing about menopause is it’s one of those things that cannot truly be diagnosed until after you’ve gone one full year (12 months) without a period of any kind. The stage right before that is called peri-menopause but ironically it’s hard to know for sure if you’ve hit that stage until you are post menopausal. Until then a lot of the symptoms associated with peri-menopause can also be symptoms of other things as well. I did find this list of menopause symptoms over at https://www.34-menopause-symptoms.com/ and thought I’d thought I’d go through each one and see how it relates to myself
    1. Hot Flashes – I don’t actually have true “Hot Flashes” but I do feel like I am always on the hot side, even when others are just right or on the cold side.
    2. Night Sweats – Haven’t experienced that one other than always being hot (see #1). I almost always have to have a fan on to be comfortable at night.
    3. Irregular Periods – Considering I went 4 months w/o a period then just had one a couple weeks ago, and the fact that I’ve had any where from just under a month to 2-3 months (not counting this last time), I’d say Yep definitely looking at irregular.
    4. Loss in Libido – Can’t say for 100% certain on this but lately I haven’t had as much interest in intimacy and being touched. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have romantic thoughts and all that, so I don’t know.
    5. Vaginal Dryness – Wouldn’t say I’ve got the whole dryness & itching but let’s just I do seem to be on the drier side and leave it at that.
    6. Mood Swings – Can’t say I’ve had any problems with mood swings.
    7. Fatigue – Definitely. Even w/ 2 cups of coffee each morning (my usual). I hardly have enough energy to get through the day and often find myself needing a nap and/or dragging.
    8. Hair Loss/Thinning – I’ve always had a problem w/ getting a pretty good amount of hair in my comb whenever I’d brush (but then I’ve always had a full head of hair so it’s never really been an issue). I have noticed that my hair isn’t as shiny & healthy as it was when I was younger and seems quite a bit more brittle looking.
    9. Sleep Disorder – No sleeping disorders, insomnia or waking up in the middle of the night that I’m aware of, other than always being tired (as mentioned in #7)
    10. Difficulty Concentrating – Yep. It does seem to be harder for me to stay focused on things and to pay attention when people are talking to me. I don’t deliberately not pay attention, I just find myself zoning out sometimes if I’m not careful.
    11. Memory Lapses – I haven’t had any major memory lapses, but I do find that I need to write things down more so that I don’t forget them. I’ve also noticed that if I set something down or misplace it I have a terrible time ‘retracing my steps’
    12. Dizziness – Can’t say that I’ve had any dizzy spells related to menopause. I did have a bout of vertigo the other day, related to my ears. I have had some problems if I get up too quickly but can’t really say for sure if it’s the menopause or my ears, and it’s been so benign it hasn’t been an issue worth mentioning (when you’ve had ear problems your whole life, you kinda get use to balance problems).
    13. Weight Gain – I have noticed some steady weight gain.
    14. Incontinence – Definitely can’t hold it like I use to when I was younger and if I have to go real bad, coughing can be a bit of a problem.
    15. Bloating – Haven’t noticed anything there (well except maybe when I’m actually on my period or just before).
    16. Allergies – It does seem that my asthma, allergies, and sinus issues have gotten worse lately.
    17. Brittle Nails – My nails are definitely more bendable than they use to be. I love the idea of Jamberry nails (I have a friend that use to sell them) and I bought some stuff from her – Sadly I haven’t been able to use them since my nails just bend when I try to file the edges so I pretty much just gave up on it.
    18. Changes in Body Odor – Definitely noticing my body odor more lately
    19. Irregular Heart Beat – Every once in a while I’ll get like a pitter patter feeling like my heart is racing for a second (sometimes it’ll feel like it’s bounding a bit) but it never lasts more than a few seconds and always goes back to normal… just enough for me to notice and get that whoa feeling. I have mentioned it to my doctor but until it’s more regular than say once in a while (it can be days or even weeks between episodes).
    20. Depression – Depression runs in my family so I can’t fairly answer that one.
    21. Anxiety – Haven’t had any problems with this one.
    22. Irritability – Ohhh Yes, DEFINITELY. Seems like the littlest things will set me off and irritate the (never-mind) out of me. This does tend to lead to quite a few rowes w/ the hubby.
    23. Panic Disorder – Haven’t had any problems with this one.
    24. Breast Pain – Probably a month ago (there-abouts) I woke up with excruciating breast pain unlike anything I’d ever experienced. It lasted for a couple weeks and was worse when I woke up in the morning, as well as right after I took my bra off for the evening. It has subsided but there is still some tenderness.
    25. Headaches – Nothing outside of the norm.
    26. Joint Pain – No real joint pain but do have some problems with my knees (but then I did have surgery back in my early 20’s I believe it was and am overweight so that doesn’t help).
    27. Burning Tongue – Nope
    28. Electric Shock Syndrome – Nope
    29. Digestive Problems – Well I have been more gaseous lately.
    30. Gum Problems – Can’t say if I’ve had any problems with this one.
    31. Muscle Tension – Definitely tight in neck and upper back, but then I also have asthma and use my accessory muscles for breathing (don’t ask me to explain that one). I have a friend of a friend who is a respiratory therapist who talked to me about athe usage of accessory muscles in asthma.
    32. Itchy, Crawly skin – I do feel like I am almost always itching somewhere, the back being the absolute worst (where I can’t reach, of course).
    33. Tingling Extremities – Not noticing anything there.
    34. Osteoporosis – Not that I am aware of but then it’s not something that has been tested for, and since I’m not actually menopausal not something I likely would be tested for.
  • ReCap/Thoughts on August 16, 2018

    Can’t say that yesterday was all that much fun for me.

    Woke up and turned on the TV so that I could see what time it was… Only problem was that the time, which should have been stationary on the tv set, seemed to be moving on the screen. Since I had gone to bed so late, I figured perhaps I just needed some more rest. Apparently that wasn’t the issue since I still felt like I had a case of vertigo when I got up a little later. Needless to say the problem didn’t get any better as the day progressed and hubby ended up having to take me, along with the son’s help, into Urgency Care. The diagnoses was “Benign Positional vertigo”. The doctor wasn’t able to verify an ear infection due to a large amount of ear wax that the doctor was unable to remove. Unfortunately normal methods of removing stubborn ear wax (by doing a water wash) used by most clinics/doctors isn’t the best solution for me due to a hole in my ear drum purposely put in place by my ENT, plus the doctor that I was seeing yesterday felt that the method generally used in the clinic was probably contra-indicated with my ear history and the vertigo I was experiencing. She did put in a prescription for antibiotics for me to use if I needed it, as well as a prescription for meclizine to help w/ the vertigo. I’ve been using some ear wax removal stuff in my ear to try and soften the ear wax (which does seem to be working – I did manage to pull a good size chunk of ear wax from my ear). My ear canal is a bit tender and swollen right now but I’m hoping that clears up here soon. I’m still dealing with a bit of vertigo and, ironically, the meclizine can also causes some drowsiness.

    Well, the family is home from shopping so I should see what’s going on…. I’ll be back a bit later to finish this and put it to bed.

    Question of the Day:

    Have you ever been to the Emergency Room or Urgency Care?

    I think I’ve been to the emergency room once (that I can recall) when I burned my hip during a flight to see my grandmother (long story)…I have been in the Urgency Care several times when younger, usually due to an ear infection as I was quite prone to them up into adulthood.

    Photo of the Day:

    5 random blogs:

    Re-Cap of August 14, 2018

    Last night was Scout night for the son. He spoke w/ the Scout master and turned in his blue card for the Emergency Preparedness merit badge. He also spoke w/ the Scout Master about having completed the conservation hours needed for his Life rank. It sounds like he will be getting his Scout Master meeting and Board of Review soon.

    We also spoke w/ all the merit badge counselors for the last of the eagle required merit badges he needs, so that’s all in the process of being worked on. He’ll be working on his

    • Citizenship in the Community
    • Citizenship in the Nation
    • Family Life
    • Personal Management
    • Camping
  • Troop elections are coming up soon as well.
  • Question of the Day:
  • If you have kids are they involved in after-school activities like boy scouts, girl scouts, or anything like that? What kind of affect would you say it’s had on your child’s life?
  • I’d say that being involved in scouts has been good for our son. He’s gone through periods of time where he was less interested than other times, but he’s stuck with it and did also decide (on his own) that he wants to get his eagle.
  • Here are 5 Blogs for you to check out:
  • Sorry, I forgot to get a photo yesterday.

  • Mad-Lib 11 (Response)

    My response to Mad-Lib 11

    The List

    -ing verb

    • Dancing

    Noun

    • Paper

    Food x 5

      Banana
      Cookie
      Noodles
      Yogurt
      Fries

    Number x 5

    1. Seven
    2. Five
    3. Nine
    4. Two
    5. Four

    Verb

    • Watched

    Body part x 2

    • Leg
    • Face
  • The Story
  • The Customer is Always Right
  • Aime loved people, and she loved her job, but she loathed one particular customer who came in every Sunday morning. No matter what she offered, none of the other servers would take the grumpy old man. She could tell that he was in an exceptionally foul mood today. He sat in the booth so hard, the whole paper shook. It probably didn’t like him hitting it any more than she liked him dancing her leg, but it was all part of the job and he was the only one that acted like that.

    “Good morning, Bill. Your usual?”

    “Have I ever ordered anything other than seven slices dry whole wheat toast, five eggs over easy, nine fried eggs, two slices of bacon, and four sausage links? You dim bulb!”

    “Coming right up,” she watched with a smile.

    There was no reason to write the order down, she simply told the cook, “Bill’s here” and he knew what Bill wanted. This time though, Frank was determined to fix Bill’s attitude once and for all.

    “Bill’s order is up,” Frank said.

    Aime looked at the plate in confusion, then glared at Frank. “Seriously? What are you trying to do to me?”

    “Go on, just do it.”

    Against her better judgement, she took out the plate of bananas and set it in front of Bill.

    “What’s wrong with you!” he screamed. “I didn’t order that!”

    “Oh, sorry. Must have made a mistake.”

    She took the plate back to the kitchen where Frank was giggling. He handed Aime another plate with cookies. Again, it was sent back. Noodles. Sent back. Yogurt. Sent back. Fries. Sent back. Everyone was getting a kick out of this, except for Bill.

    “If I don’t get my meal!” he screamed from his seat.

    Frank walked out to Bill’s table and leaned in close, so the other customers couldn’t hear him. “You’ll what?”

    “Why, I oughta!”

    “I’m sure Grandma would love to know where you’ve been spending every Sunday morning for the last five years,” Bill said. “Maybe I should call her.”

    “You wouldn’t!”

    “Try me.”

    Frank returned to the kitchen and prepared Bill’s order. He watched as Aime took the plate out to him. To her shock, Bill tipped his face and said, “Thank you, Miss.”

    Frank was laughing in the kitchen.

    “What’d you say to him?” Aime and the other servers wanted to know.

    “I threatened to sick Grandma on him.”

    Everyone was heard laughing all the way from the kitchen.