Monday, June 22, 2015

No More Meds For You

So I have to stop the Clindamycin. Why you ask? Well be prepared for TMI kids. I have had persistent diarrhea for 24 hours. There is something odd about waking up at 2am to evacuate your bowels, but that is not even the best part. There was blood in my last few stools/loose poop. I don't mess around with blood being wear it should not so a call went in and I was told to stop the drug immediately.
Thank friggin' God.
There were other less annoying, but still annoying side effects like feeling a little foggy, noisy tummy and a metallic taste in my mouth. Ugh.
Anyway, because of GI issues, I will not be given another antibiotic. I am to start a bland diet and if after two days these issues do not resolve the NP wants me to see my GP and have stool samples done to make sure I did not end up with a secondary intestinal infection. C. Diff and Colitis can happen with this particular drug. Unpleasant isn't it? Oh and I also got my period so my system is just a raging hormonal, unbalanced ball. LOL I get to stay on the prilosec though.
My darling husband was kind enough to get me yogurt this morning to help rebuild, if that is even possible, the good gut flora.
There will be no working out tonight either because if I am bleeding internally, well ab work would pretty much push me into the ER, no?
Life is a comedy my friends and all we can do is laugh.
Or shit our brains out.
And that is that.
Have a beautiful, normal poop day!!


Friday, June 19, 2015

The Doctor Is In

The Nurse Practitioner I saw today was lovely. She listened to my complaints, asked about my health history, sprayed my nostrils with some gross tasting numbing stuff and stuck a scope through my nose and down my throat.


She pulled the scope and once again inquired about my tonsils. I had them removed when I was 6 years old and also had tubes in my ears. Her response to that was as follows, "Well, I am not sure if they did a partial back then, but you have your adenoids and it looks like one of your tonsils has grown back and they are all swollen. You also have acid reflux because your throat is all irritated."  She may have even explained things further and I answered, but I was so stuck on the fact that my stupid tonsil(s) grew back that I think I forgot stuff. I was prescribed Prilosec one a day and a lovely with crazy side effects antibiotic called Clindamycin.
I am going to start the regimen tomorrow and hope all goes well. Truth be told I have never had issues with medications before, but I am older and more wary. I am hopeful the weird throat feeling will go away, especially with the antibiotic. I did ask her if my thyroid was fine and she said it looked good. Anyway, I go back in six weeks and if nothing is better then I guess we go to the next steps. All I can say is, fingers crossed!!

And FYI, my front teeth got numb as well. Weirder than when one get novocaine.

Have a great weekend!!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Just A Moment

Summer always seem to be a whirlwind, no? My son keeps me on my toes, more than I like to be honest, but I enjoy it because let's face it, when he is ten he will not even want people to know I am his mom and how we embarrass him. Yeah, I am so looking forward to the teen years. LOL

Our dog had to go to the vet because she began to drink water like we owned a lake and was peeing so much that she was urinating in her sleep. At first we thought it might have to do with her Lyme disease and that she was having a relapse of symptoms. After all the blood work as done and things like diabetes was ruled out we were told she may have a deficiency of diuretic hormone, say that five times fast. or the beginnings of Cushing's Disease.


Sorry to be so crass, but this blows. When humans get Cushing's, it sucks, but it can be cured if caught early enough. In dogs, it can only be managed. There is no cure for a canine's adrenal glands going haywire.


She can live another 2-3 years, but of course the medicine given for this has pretty nasty side effects. This does not surprise us, what meds are side effect proof, but I always chuckle, perhaps morbidly, when I see "death" as a side effect. I would put that on the bottle or in the pamphlet as a permanent effect, but not everyone has my humor.

So next week the pup goes in for an 8 hour Cushing's test. I can't say I want her to have either one. Listen, I know we all have to die in someway, but I guess I just wasn't prepared for this. Not yet. But then, are we ever ready to lose a pet? I think not.

I also am going to the ENT because I feel like I have had something stuck in my throat for four weeks. The GP was leaning, insisting, I had a GERD. Um, no I am eating and there is no heartburn. She then asked if I was sure I did not have any food stuck? I almost side eyed her. GP's are interesting to me because they are a middle man for so many things. Some I have had took more of an interest and understood other facets of what may be causing your ills. This current one is quick to send you off to a specialist if she is not so sure. That is all well and good, as long as my health insurance covers it all, but there are times one wants their GP a little more engaged. The one I had before this one, left due to her husband's job and we were so unhappy about her leaving, was much more involved and listened to your concerns. You were not just a list to check off, she actually was the one who suggested I may be going through perimenopause after going to her office for palpitations for like the ninth time. So it is hard to get used to someone who after a few quick generic questions, ships you off to the recommended specialist. At least she is good about referring because there are doctors who don't like to do that. Ah the US health care system, it is a pip.
Of course Dr. Google tells me I can have anything from thyroid cancer to nodules on vocal chords to throat cancer. Some cancer has symptoms similar to flu so looking online means you are always dying. I will see what happens tomorrow and keep you updated.

And now, some pretty pictures from my garden.

I may have shared this already, don't care, sharing it again. This is to the left of our front door. I just love how pretty it looks.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Willowwood Arboretum

Let's face it. My home state of New Jersey does not have the best reputation. While I do not deny it's faults, the stereotypes are correct at times, the beauty of the state has never been featured.


Which sort of gets my goat because every state has areas that are deserted, flourishing, struggling and all that hovers in-between. In New Jersey's case, only the crappy areas get highlighted. Constantly.

This needs to stop and no, Housewives of New Jersey does not count as showing a "pretty" side of New Jersey.

My state has a pretty choice parks system throughout the counties. So with a lot of pride, I would like to welcome you to a place in bucolic Far Hills, NJ that is free and beautiful.

Willowwood Arboretum

The history, two brothers who wanted a country place to indulge their horticultural passions, is fascinating. The preservation is no small feat so kudos to all involved there.
My pictures will not do it justice, remember, I have a three year old. While he enjoyed himself by playing with ants and walking through the forest by the stream, we were not there for a very long time. Nevertheless, we shall return because there is more to discover as there are trails all over the place. I need to thank my neighbor who mentioned this place to me as it is a hidden gem in our area.

We did not follow the map, but the grounds have many trails and gardens are by the house. We took a turn and ended up entering by the cottage garden. I so want to do this in our yard. Magnificent.

Here we are looking at the cottage garden from the front of the Tubbs house. I need that gate.

Stag horn Ferns. I love and covet them.

Behind the Tubbs house is is the path to Pan's Garden. My son ran under this pergola made from branches. Everything is marked so you know what it is, but unfortunately I did not get a chance to see what exactly was used to construct this feature.

Very pretty stone bridge off to the side of the house in the forest.

I really want that gate.

So there you have it my friends. If you are ever in New Jersey, perhaps in the Somerset/Morris/Hunterdon Country area, you should stop by and take a gander at this beauty. Look at the maps provided and you will see just how extensive this property is. I would say it is definitely a nice way to spend the day.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Nature Abounds

For some inexplicable reason, our resident Bluebird has taken to perching on every one of our first floor windows.

While he is a cute little bugger and does let us practically walk up to the window to check him out, the amount of bird poop on my window panes is becoming tiresome. I am certainly happy he is interested in what goes on in our household, who knew a bird could be a yenta?, but it is odd.

Our dog seems to be having a relapse of Lyme disease symptoms. Constant need to drink and urinate with the occasional shakes. She has a physical set for next week so unless she gets worse, I will hold out to bring her until then.

I myself an off to the doctor later as for three and a half weeks I feel as if something is stuck in my throat. No matter what I have tried, it feels like a carrot or fish bone is stuck and has cut my throat. Thanks to Dr. Google and WebMD it can be anything from a nodule to thyroid cancer. Good times. Better to have it looked at instead of assuming a few clicks has earned me the title and knowledge of MD. Will keep ya' posted.

My garden is blossoming. Or I should say gardens. Since we have been having a ridiculous amount of rain, sorry California, the weeds are having their heyday. I have never plucked so many plantains in my life. Damn things are aggravating. Though it seems one could eat them as shown here.
First shot is of the birdbath "mound" area as we call it. I need to get in there and clean it up, damn Yucca will NOT DIE!!, and make it look neater.

Here are my beautiful flowers. The orange-pinkish one with yellow tips are blanket flowers. I am so in love with them.

I am considering making a zucchini chocolate chip bread, just need to find a recipe I like.

May you all enjoy the day.


Monday, June 1, 2015

A Book and Rhubarb Muffins

Like a lot of people, it is no big revelation that we have bookshelves. Some books we have read, others we have intended to read and just have not gotten around to it. Case in point, Arabian Nights. Will I ever read it? Probably not, but my hubby bought and hopes to get to it one day. 
There is a point here I promise.
Our son likes to pull out the books, pretend to read them, then leave them all over the living room. Yesterday he pulled out Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint. I have never read this book. My husband has, my mother did and both of them swore it was hysterical. Since I have not been able to read library books under the wire, those 14 day loans were not meant for people with small children or at least they are a dare, I decided it would be a good idea to read something from our own personal library. So, last night, exhausted, I picked up the book and laughed my proverbial ass off. It got so bad that I had to bury my face in my pillow. This book is not for everyone considering masturbation features pretty heavily. I am almost certain it would be banned or gets banned pretty often and that is a shame because humor really does set one free. I hope it stays this funny until the end as I have rarely laughed so much while reading. All I have to say is, I have never in my life considered a piece of liver as a stand in for sexual pleasure. Philip Roth. You Sir, are a madman. God. Fucking. Bless.

Onto other food.

I got rhubarb in our CSA last week. I could have swapped it out for more spinach or zucchini, but I figured it was worth trying something I have never had. First problem, most recipes have strawberries which is fabulous, but my husband despises berries, poor man, so a strawberry-rhubarb cake, while most likely delicious, would not work in my home. After a ridiculous amount of searches, I settled on rhubarb muffins. The reason being, if I didn't like them, I could give them away or if I did like them, I could freeze leftovers. Sense my genius here? I followed a recipe on Mel's Kitchen Cafe titled Delicious Rhubarb Muffins
Yes they are. HALLELUJAH!! I was so worried I would hate them and would be stuck with 18 rhubarb muffins. Relief and happiness that they are tasty.

Look at the deliciousness you cheeky monkeys.

It has been raining non-stop, very heavy at times, since last night. Poor California wishes they were us right now I am sure. If I could I would send them the rain as we are under flood watches throughout the NYC/NJ area. Mother Nature at her best right? Ah well. Have a great evening!!