The following week I had an appointment with my oncologist, who I was sure was going to yell at me about the sunburn, but she didn't. She was just glad that I got out of the house and had fun. I had the have my Port-A-Cath(or PAC) accessed at least five times without numbing medication (I forgot it at home, an hour from my doctor's office) to get it flushed to prevent a DVT or blood clot. It is supposed to get flushed once a month, when it's not being used. Since I'm not really using it anymore I asked my doctor to make arrangements for my surgeon to remove it. Last Monday in the office, after a lot of lidocaine, my surgeon took out my port. It took about 30-45 minutes. I asked him what he had used to secure it in place since he seemed to have some trouble taking it out. He said that he used dissolvable sutures, but that the PAC grew into my chest wall muscles. So after some scraping he had it out and sutured me up put on a couple of steri-strips and I was on my way home. It's still a little sore, depending on how I move or position myself. It's worse if I decide not to wear a bra, as my top heavy-ness pulls on the stitches some. But on the plus side I am officially now completely off of my immunosuppressive medication. Yay! And by January I will be off of another one.
On the home front, we have been having some problems with the attendant that we have had almost two years, Nancy. She was great when she started, but it seems that since she got herself a new boyfriend that she doesn't know how to work or call in if she can't come in. It has been increasingly difficult to get the agency to send reliable help! So for the last month or so I have been going to work and coming home and taking care of my mom. My youngest brother's girlfriend has been a huge help, but I can't ask her to do more as she is seven months pregnant (and the agency needs to get on the ball.)
And if that doesn't just frustrate the hell out of me, guess who showed up at our front door today. . . none other than Adult Protective Services! I was going to cry until I found out what we were being accused of. Wait for it. . . we were rude to our Mother! Hold the presses! We don't hit her, starve her, or neglect her. Yes I might be short with her at times, but after taking care of her all day, sleeping an hour or two, driving an hour to the hospital, drive the hour back stopping for groceries, and then having to do it all over again with little or no help, who wouldn't? I was snippy with her and the new attendant on the day that I had my PAC taken out, as I had just had surgery, was in pain, and had to train yet another attendant on how to take care of my mom. I did apologize and explain why I wasn't feeling well. Needless to say she didn't come back. She said she was intimidated by having so much family around. What are we supposed to do, send my seventeen year old brother and his very pregnant girlfriend outside in the 90-100 degree heat so that she can be comfortable enough to take care of my mom? GEEZ! I feel like pulling out my hair!
Sorry, I've been needing to get this out all week.
On a different note, I found this video today, and thought I'd share. Alan Rickman always makes me feel better.
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|Which Goddess lurks in your soul?|
It is obvious that leadership is your strong suit! Hera was Queen of all the Greek Gods and the daughter of a Titan. This is no small boast! Hera is selective on who she inhabits and rightfully so. Only those of majestic grace and keen intellects are considered and she will leave in a heartbeat if her host is ungracious or in anyway corrupted by a powerful position. Like Hera, you are a true born leader of the people. Many have come to you over the years seeking guidance and patient understanding to their plights and pains. Your advice is usually rooted in the experiences of your own life and given with great care and caution. Continue on this path and Hera will make you a Queen worthy of remembrance!
Quizzes and Personality Tests
Taken from almost everyone including chando and catsplay
Rules: Post three things you've done that you believe nobody else on your F-list has done. Indulge in remorse if someone calls you out on a listed item.
1. I've snuck into Matthew McConaughey's trailer during the filming of "The Newton Boys". I got caught by security (a local policeman) and snuck back with a friend. We sat on the stairs of his trailer and talked to him for a few minutes, got his autograph and then went to harass other stars. (Like seeing Julianna Margulies with her hair up in rag rollers at the food/craft services area.)
2. I've been coded. You know, when they say "Code Blue room ICU B3". That was me. *waves* I don't remember it, thank goodness!
3. I dated a foreign exchange student in college and almost married him. I tried to help him get his green card. I got him in touch with my dad's immigration lawyer. He was H-O-T! Alex was from Moldova and he had a very sexy accent. You've never been wooed until you've been wooed in Russian. *sigh*
A video one of my friends from High School sent me, and my brother sent me, and torenheksje posted.