Category Archives: health

Peach State says: Nothing to Eat OR Drink?

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My first CT Scan’s original scheduled date, with an early appointment time of 9 AM, was cancelled due to no authorization from insurance. I was okay with “Nothing to Eat OR Drink” after midnight BUT…the winds of change blew my schedule off course! Picture this…The insurance company on my hubby’s phone and the medical appointment manager on mine and the term “conference call” took on a new meaning. Authorization was given and a new appointment was set for…”What? 11 AM?

I quickly counted back as the instructions hit my ears. “Nothing to Eat OR Drink…for four hours prior to your CT Scan!” I breathed a sigh of relief! Tragedy had been averted and my life had been spared! “What? A little too dramatic?” Well, if you know anything about me you know what I was thinking about….COFFEE!

When I picked up my #*%~”Tasty Cocktail”@^~~ , as it was called by the tech, the instructions were given again and I agreed and smiled. I was asked why I was smiling. “Because I get up at 5:30 am and can still have my morning COFFEE!”
The tech chuckled and shook her head…

So the first half of the yummy “Berry Smoothie” has been swallowed with one more dose in 2 hours and 7 minutes. Then it will be time to get ready and dash out the door. ” I think I will stop by Starbucks on the way home!”

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Cough, Cough, Hack, Hack…

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Readjusting my pillow…
Taking a sip or three of water…
Blowing my nose…
Popping a cough drop in my mouth…

I’m awake thanks to my sleep disturbing Cough, Cough, Hack, Hack…

Sipping hot liquid now trying to soothe my throat in hopes of returning to bed!

Peach State

Peach State says: The Results Don’t Lie!

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Maybe it was the fact that I was up way too late last night (1:00PM)…
Maybe it was the residual effects of the Benadryl Coma…
Maybe it was the chill felt through my fuzzy socks as I prepared hubby’s breakfast…

Whatever the cause, the first sip of my flavor filled Caffeinated Companion brought forth a calming and noticeable “Ahh!”!

The Results Don’t Lie!. Coffee is Awesome!

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The knowledge that more coffee is coming my way just makes my toes tingle. Well not really…cause that could be a sign of too much coffee and that is not going to happen to me! HeHe! Whatever the reason for taking time out of your schedule to enjoy that first cup of morning’s slap in the face one thing is for sure…

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“It was on the Internet so it must be true…Right?”

Speaking of results…I wanted to bring you up to date on my recent trip to the Pin Cushion Farm this past Tuesday! My doctor, after I reminded him (again) of the last Flu Shot, decided to forego the shot and added it to my file. But…because of my asthma he ordered the Pneumonia Shot instead and…the full gambit of blood tests. My favorite question of the visit was…”When did you last eat?” (11:00 am) “What did you eat?” I knew the look I was fixing to get and giggled as I told him…( A Dark Chocolate Special K Protein Drink and 2 individual Dark Dove pieces about 11:30.) if he had been wearing glasses he would have pulled them down on his nose and looked over the top with that evil eye! I was slightly panicked about the A1C results but was thrilled to find out that my A1C was in the normal range for non-diabetes…oh and the other tests were all good and normal. Yeah! I’m not pregnant! Isn’t that wonderful?

Well my phone is ringing and a friend needs to talk! I just wanted to share the above with you especially for those who had been sweetly asking about the results.

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: The Day I Get Shot!

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I’m feeling a bit like the guy left on the deck of a submerging sub! Heart pounding panic in the face of what lies ahead in a day filled with unknown!

A bit over the top…maybe! Nevertheless today is…

The Day I Get Shot!

How do I know? Easy…I made the appointment a week ago. “Are you shaking your head wondering what in the world is wrong with this picture?” Let me calm your fears…I am getting the Flu Shot. Feel better…I’m not! I have a minor dislike to needles and an even more profound anxiety-filled-fear of the Flu Shot. I don’t want to have a repeat of what happened the last time I got the Flu Shot!

Reader’s Digest Version:
I headed to the doctor’s office with my 3 sons to get the Flu Shot. I played the brave mom and went first and showed them there was nothing to it. “My bad!” After the four of us were finished I got to the car and had to use my inhaler. I arrived back at home, after dropping the boys back at their schools, and could not breathe. I used my inhaler and fixed a strong cup of black coffee! My back preceded to get tighter and the pain was almost severe. I sought out a relaxing shower. skipping forward…After almost four hours of trying everything I could to relieve my Asthma ( which I have had since childhood and these techniques usually work) I called a friend about borrowing her daughter’s breathing machine. “I know there is a name for it but for some odd reason I can’t remember it right now!” Sweetly she, in as calm a voice as she could use, said she would be over shortly. The boys were startled by my condition and began their helpful nursing.

“I got this…”
“You sit down…”
“Want me to rub your shoulders?…”

By the time my friend arrived I should have been at the ER but…
She set it up and stayed with me until after the treatment. She did not like the way I looked and talked to my hubby. After some deliberation three hours after the boys got home from school I was on my way to the ER. Hubby had left work and came home and could see the distress I was in. The typical wait at the ER was shortened and I was grateful. The treatments and shots were a plenty as monitors and wires began to ding and beep. Charts were updated and meds were increased. My hubby sat against the wall at the door with a creased frown. The doctor came in and nodded for my hubby to step outside. The nurse inserted another needle into an IV and then left. As she opened the door I caught a glimpse of my hubby in the hallway with a look I had never seen before. The not so mumbled voice struck my heart… Try to keep her calm and breathing steady…We’re doing all we can!

Pause…I have been to the ER several times for Asthma Attacks but this one…well, it took the cake!

My hubby returned to the room and grabbed the remote…”Want to watch something else? How about this?” I nodded…It was a rerun of NCIS and silly as it may sound it was the one where Tony is dying of The Plague. skipping forward…after what seemed like hours and hours the doctor came back in. The familiar nurse at his side removed the mask covering my face and began to take the monitor wires off. “That was a close call!” “We almost lost you!” He began his best rendition of elementary medical jargon and my ears rang. No wonder my hubby had looked the way he did. He was joking around with the doctor trying to lighten the tone in the small room. “My hubby, I now know, does not deal with seeing me on a hospital bed very well!”

With all of this being said…I have not gotten the shot since! Why is this year different? Do you watch the news?

I discussed the situation with my doctor and have been ordered to stay at the office for about an hour after the shot. Originally my 20 year old was going with me but, plans changed when my hubby got the call that his appointment at the VA had been moved to today at 11am. Wait for it…and there is a chance that he may need surgery for a hernia. “Can you say sitting on pins and needles!” I have several friends that are within 2-3 minutes from my doctor’s office should anything happen and that is quite calming. I may call one and see if she wants to come visit while I wait! Hopefully I will be able to talk with you again tomorrow and let you know what happened…

The Day I Get Shot!

Wish me luck…my appointment is at 2:30 this afternoon!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: And So It Begins…

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Staring me straight in the face, reminding me of my promise, is my tasteful and healthy “Special K” protein shake!

And So It Begins!

You may notice my constant companion standing nearby…sadly almost empty! “That is okay…

20140107-080519.jpgreinforcements are standing ready for battle the day ahead! At least that is what the cup may think…I had a major coughing episode early this morning and needed some special help from my constant companion. I have been fighting this ridiculous itchy throat and cough for almost a week now…and that is long enough! I think it is time to try another route of medication. This feeling of drowning is not working for me! At least I am keeping hydrated! So it is the least I can do to brew about another 8oz and combine with the leftovers! “Can’t let it go to waste…right?”

I am quite wiped from my late night and issues from coughing. I was up past my bedtime due to the BCS National Championship. It was a bit emotional as I watched my favorite-all-time-prick-my-finger-and-I-bleed-Orange-and-Blue Auburn Tigers almost defeat the number one team in the National Championship. They said we couldn’t make it to the championship and…WE DID! It was a great game…nail biting and heart-wrenching! Time to move on to the next item…the college football season is over and our focus now turns to our favorite NFL team from my hubby’s home state and guess what…They are in the number one seed for the division!

I am chilled, as I sit here at the kitchen table, feeling the cold penetrating the window panes. It is about 5 degrees this morning and there is a breeze! “Yay!” I have watched the sunrise, with all it’s glory, quietly brighten the morning sky. The golden shimmer has finally spread across the surrounding browning landscape. The deceivingly warm glow from the rising sun has captured the tooth-pick trees in my backyard.

20140107-084446.jpg “I wish I was under my blanket! My luck I would get warm and cozy and start coughing.” I have had enough of that so no blanket time! I think I will head upstairs and pull everything out of my linen closet. There are sheets in that abyss that have no bed to fit and towels that should have been left at camp when the boys came home after a week of use! (Lol…I just pictured wet, icky towels being hidden away in the back of the closet, by my sons, and oozing all over like an infection!) Fortunately that is not the case…just over stacking of badly folded and mixed up towels and sheets!

I am still sitting here…procrastinating spending time with you! Although you are more fun to talk to I really need to go! My “constant companion” is ready to go and I must follow suit!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Ridiculous Medical Answer

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It is sad when we call someone we are supposed to trust with our health and well-being and get nothing but a Ridiculous Medical Answer!

I have been asked to get the Flu Shot this year by my hubby! The timing was essential and I knew I needed a target date sometime next week. So I called my doctor’s office this morning to get the ball rolling and this is what happened!

The offices open at 8 AM M-F so at 8:04 this morning I called. I pressed the number for the appointment line, when prompted, and waited…and waited…and waited. 4.24 minutes later a voice came on the line. I gave my name and the greeting of “Good morning…how are you?” With the greetings out of the way I asked my question.

Do I need an appointment for the Flu Shot?

The response was yes…so I quickly asked if there were any appointments for next week. She told me that ( are you sitting down?) “The doctors are not in the office this week and you will have to come in next week to see a doctor!” I chuckled to myself….”so can I make an appointment for next week?” “I believe I just told you there are no doctors in the office this week…why don’t you go to a Minute-Clinic or something!”

Before I go any further I would like to state for the record that my doctor has been my doctor for almost 14 years! The fact that the last Flu Shot put me in the emergency room on a breathing machine and almost killed me is in my file. Also on my file is the fact that I called before Christmas and inquired about getting the shot this year after expressing my concerns. The nurse in the office told me to make sure I reminded the doctor of my concerns and that they would monitor my vitals for about 30 minutes post-Flu Shot. I felt comforted by this thought knowing that my 20 year old would be there with me should anything happen at the doctor’s office.

Now…if I could not make an appointment then why answer the appointment line! I do not understand the idiotic response much less the feeling of being shooed, like a fly, to go to a Minute-Clinic. What happened to the semi-personal replies and the semi-caring nature of the medical professionals? I think I will visit the office next week…in person…and ask that question! Maybe then I can get appointment…If The Doctors Are In The Office!

I am still stunned by this! Maybe I should just do something calming…laundry maybe?

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Limitation’s Painful Reminders!

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I have to admit I don’t kiss my oh-so-highly-independent-easily-embarrassed-by-parental-PDA’s 20 year old in public and have not since 4th or 5th grade. But I do enjoy the occasional poke or pat in front of his friends! It is highly recommended as a competitive sport among parents.

With this in mind…Last night was the Upwards Basketball Awards Night and both of my youngest were involved. My 20 year old was a coach/referee and the 13 year old a player. Here are just a few examples of…

Limitation’s Painful Reminders!

[20 year old]
The shaking head,
The rolling eyes,
The “I can’t believe you just did that” look,
“Please stop!”
“And my not-so-favorite…” The imitation of an older person using a walker!

[13 year old]
Blank stare,
Cold stare,
Unexplained deafness… Well, pretty much the way he usually acts in public!

Sadly the Painful Reminders from my 20 year old came before the program even started. Let me paint a picture for you.

We were one of the first to arrive, as usual, and entered the building as loud-arena-motivating-sporting-event music filled our ears. My dear friend was up in the sound booth testing out different songs for the evenings proceedings. Unfortunately, according to my 20 year old, I can not “Move It, Move it” anymore due to my age and lack of coolness! “Do you see what is happening?” So being the mom that I am…I simply removed myself to a location filled with those who are in my age group and who enjoy “Moving It, Moving It!” (Insert parental chuckle!) Close your eyes for a moment and think about the “Tacky Parent Dance!” Are you laughing yet? “We were!” Once I was with this exclusive group my inner “Dancing Queen” emerged. Well not really but I do love a good beat you can move to! Who doesn’t? My 20 year old just walked out the main doors shaking his head as his gave me that look…”Please Stop! I can’t believe you just did that!”

The next set of events prompted the rolling of eyes and shaking of head….My two dear friends, in the sound booth, have two small girls and….Yep! I picked them up and carried them around and played with them a little too much! Not only did the “old-timer using a walker” routine surface during this time but when I got home and realized the beginning pain associated with lifting and bending with the 2 very young-diaper-wearing-potty-training-sticky-Dorito-coated-fingered girls. “I understand that due to certain physical issues I have I am limited and often am faced with the oh so Painful Reminders!

All in all a good time was had. Games and highlights…drawing if tickets for prizes…and recognition! I don’t want to leave out my youngest and his smirks…I let him roam with the guys and hang. Several times our eyes connected and what a frown I got. “What?…I didn’t do anything!” I guess I was in his business! I am such an awful mom to be interested in what my youngest child is doing when he is not in close proximity in a crowd. If he was a girl I probably would have gotten the “Talk to the hand” attitude. I just had to chuckle inside at my totally-irritating-always-thinking-he’s-right-irresponsible 13 year old! “Has he got a few lessons to learn!”

So this morning, as I type away in my short window of time, I feel a stiffness in my shoulders and neck area not to mention the darn left hip. I carried “Precious Princess” down the stairs before the butt-crack-of-dawn this morning due to her waiting for me at the bedroom door as my alarm sounded this morning. I am in dire need of a lovely Calgon-take-me-away pill but alas, I have places to go and people to see. “Maybe later….hehe!” It is time to wrestle the herd from their beds…our first appointment is at 10 and breakfast is served.

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: It’s Friday and I __________!

20131025-130318.jpg“It’s Friday and I _________!”

Now that is a loaded question! How would you fill in the blank? Me, well I would put in any of the following:
Am tired…
Am dragging…
Am caught up…
Am in pain…

Unfortunately I will have to wait until next week to get any relief. “Oh joy!”

So for now my feet are up and wearing socks. A blanket will be placed upon them soon after I get my comfy clothes on. My 20 year old son just fixed my lunch and brought it to me. “I must be dying or he is a wonderful son…or he wants something!” ( yep…he wants to take my car later this afternoon to play extreme frisbee.).

Time for some meds…and then apply an ice pack.

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: What’s With All The Ups and Downs?

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I have not talked about my Diabetic issues for some time for obvious reasons…”There were no issues!” Everything was fine and dandy. But recently I have noticed an increase in Low Blood Sugar followed by a spike or…a normal level followed by a drastic drop after breakfast.

“What’s With All The Ups And Downs?”

Wednesday morning I go up and my BS level was pretty much normal only to have it fall suddenly to 53 an hour later. This morning…my first level was 100 and then two hours later 60…”Yes-I had breakfast!” Yesterday was not a very good day…similar levels combined with a non-stop-no-time-to-eat schedule. By 2:30 pm I was shaking and woozy! So being the health-freak-chocoholic I am I broke down and bought a Almond Joy“What? It’s dark chocolate and that is good for you!” So the candy bar combined with the snack bowl of cereal at 6:00 am I was feeling a bit out of sorts!

Mutual Cat Loving Friend…put that finger away! Thank you! And Love You Too!

Back to the edge-of-your-seat story…I was finally on my way home when I got redirected by my oldest son and had to drive almost 10 miles up the interstate to drop him off and then back down the interstate towards home!

Did I mention he is supposedly moving out today and tomorrow?

On the final approach to the home front I got a call from a dear friend I had been playing phone-tag with all day. She had a favor to ask and well…”You know me!”…I flew under the radar and began a frantic search for a certain accompaniment track and close a party a friend held for my business, showered and changed quickly as I prepared to high-tail it back out the door within 45 minutes! I finally arrived back home at 7:15 last night and started fixing dinner. FOOD! “Slight confession…I did eat something just before singing!”

The good news is the fact that I have no real plans for today! “Can you believe it?” “Me either!”

I have a few things on the To-Do List but nothing major…”Whew!” I may want to buy a few of those Healthy Almond Joys in case I need one! I could put them in the Emergency Kit! (Insert chuckle!)

So until the next time…
“May you cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: I’m Writing In The Blogosphere!

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I’m Writing In The Blogosphere
Just sharing my thoughts and dreams.
Wishing to make a difference,
And to bring a bit of cheer.

I’m Writing In The Blogosphere
My life’s journey and it’s ups and downs.
Childhood antics and problem solving
The shedding and drying of tears.

I’m Writing In The Blogosphere
Telling about my home.
Local weather and pollinated decks,
My Precious Princess out again…I Fear!

I’m Writing In The Blogosphere
About my wonderful friends.
We laugh and sing together
While holding our coffee cup near.

I’m Writing In The Blogosphere
My day to day routines.
Ridiculous checklists and schedules I keep,
Perhaps to keep my head clear.

I’m Writing In The Blogosphere
Which surprises people the most.
I like to keep people guessing
Except for the special few held near.

I’m Writing In The Blogosphere
While enjoying my Heavenly Brew.
Enjoying my morning espresso shots
In an oversized cup…Oh dear!

I’m Writing In The Blogosphere
Things found funny through the week.
Catchy phrases, coffee and cats
Sometimes laughing through the tears.

I’m Writing In The Blogosphere
A bit outside the box.
Silly life of a mother of four
Challenged to face many fears.

I’m Writing In The Blogosphere
As so many others unknown.
Words and thoughts simple and complex
All saying…”Hello world…I’m here!”

Too many thoughts racing through my brain this morning…thanks for listening!

Have a great day!

Peach State