What goes up must come down...

That would be our emotions currently as Tammi finished 3 days of testing yesterday. It is called an Indium test and it is performed to reveal infections and abscesses. Basically 60cc's of blood is drawn, sent to a lab for white blood cell culturing, reintroduced into the body. Then 24 and 48 hours later the body is scanned. Anywhere there is infection the white blood cells will flock to and show up on the scan. Well, there is activity in her left hip region, which has been very painful for at least a month now. We have not yet had the discussion with her doctor over exactly how much and what type of activity, however that will be coming soon. So we know that her pain is real and there is a name for it, we just don't yet know what that name is. Looks like round 4 will be starting with this enemy.



Tammi, me, my Dad, Tammi's Dad and Mom...we are all doomed. Report out yesterday states diabetics that take insulin are 50% more likely to develop cancer. They don't know why, just that the research indicates it is true....Live life as if it were our last day!



Not too much to write about today, more of the same. Hot outside, shoulder still hurting considerably and more work to be done around the house than time or energy to do it. Leaving early in the morning to work on Jess's car. It will be good to see Baby G, she is such a joy. Hope to be back home by 10:30, washed and relaxing.


More of the same, a whole lot more...

Today was a footrace from the moment I walked in to work. I have developed a system (really simple yet effective) of making a printout of each and every item that needs to be addresses, as soon as it comes to me. This way I can track what I have left to do and simply discard when I have finished the task. Work is so busy I don't need a complicated method of tracking what is on my agenda. When the pile is finished, I am finished. However, today's pile became so large so fast I never was able to get back to yesterday's pile! Oh well, tomorrow is another day!

Tam is still hurting fiercly, and today she added mental anguish as well. Yesterday she was in such pain she just stayed in bed when her attendant was her doing the chores. Turns out the young woman got on Tam's laptop and was playing on her myspace instead of working! We discussed our options and decided she had crossed the line, that you do not borrow someone's computer without permission. While she is a nice young woman, she could have downloaded a virus, even unintentionally, or visited webpages she should not have. Bottom line, doing that is like going into someones purse or eating their food without asking first. It has cost this young woman her job. I took pictures of Tam's laptop showing the page she visited as the girl never closed the web browser. Tough lesson to learn.

Weather is still hot, hot, hot. And the humidity just makes it unbearable. I will be so glad when September gets here.


A Wednesday like so many others...

Today was like most days of my life, uneventful, yet fulfilling. I try to find enjoyment in everything I do in life. While my job is just that, a job, by always working to do it better I find fulfillment in the smallest things. Soon I won't even remember this day or its events, however for a short while it was a day to cherish.

The pain in Tammi's lower back has vastly increased over the last several days. She has a slipped disc and I have been pressing her to hound the doctors to continue testing until they find a treatment to ease her pain. Pain medication and muscle relaxers can help her cope, yet they will not fix the problem, only cover it up.

Gabby was such a joy to have over last night. I love her so much, as I love all our grandbabies. She is just adorable, always smiling and eager to play. She has this little thing she does when I sit on the floor where she looks at me, opens her arms and then runs toward me, at the last moment launching herself against me. She does this over and over and it is such a joy to be a part of it.

When I got home tonight Tam told me someone had called for me. It was my old old friend Alan. I have known him for over 20 years, yet have not spoken to him in 8 nor seen him in about 15 years. I returned his call, however I got his voicemail. It would be nice to speak to him again. When I last spoke to him it was right before we went on vacation in 2002 and I told him I would call him back when we returned. I never did. I meant to, however things were going down hill with Jess right then and I just never got back to him. When I later thought about it I was too ashamed for not returning his call and just let it go. One of those things you regret and just move on in life, wishing you could return to that time and change the outcome. Maybe I will get that chance now.


New accounts, New issues

The transition to my new account is going well, better in fact than I thought it might. Eight months and there is still so much to learn, it does get frustrating at times having to ask what to do. Each new question brings more knowledge which is the key to increasing my earnings.

Tonight we have Gabby for what we hope to be a weekly overnight stay. We picked Tuesday's so it would give Mom, Dad, and Daughter nearly 2 full days off.

Wife is hurting quite a lot, her ruptured disc is really causing her problems and pain. I have stressed she needs to push the doctors to test until they figure out what the true cause is.