My Story – not really worth the wait – sorry.

I own this little duster / sweeper thing;

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Not a fancy gadget, just a cheap little o’cedar floor duster. It uses static cloths, like a swiffer but it has a motor and is rechargable and it zooms around on your floor until it hits something then it goes the other way. It runs for 30 minutes or 90 minutes and is just a nice little way to keep animal hair under control. It gets stuck on my floor vents occasionally and in wet weather causes no end of problems. But I like it. I bought it just before we bought the condo, so a year ago.

I ran out of the cloths a month ago. I started searching and found out that they are not sold locally. Anywhere! Believe me, I searched. So to Amazon.

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They were a little pricier than I wanted. Not extreme, but a little bit. So I had to decide. Order them, or just stop using my quite functional little hair picker upper. (I did try bastardizing a swiffer cloth, just did not work!) Eventually I decided to order them from Target and have it shipped to store. That was the least expensive way to do it. I ordered three packs of the cloths, that should last me about a year. Target couldn’t find any either for awhile, but eventually they came in and last Monday I picked them up.

Came home, put on one my little sweeper and put in the bedroom – it’s nice because it goes under the bed and dressers. An hour later I  heard a strange sound……it broke. The little bastard waited until I bought a years worth of cloths and BROKE! Not expensive like I said but now I have a years worth of cloths!

I had to get a new duster! Again, way to expensive on Amazon. On Sale at Walmart online – so that’s why I was at Walmart this week. 🙂

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My Latest CT Scan Results

Short Version: Looks Good! No obvious tumors in my lungs, infection still getting better!

 

Long Version;

Every three months I have a CT Scan and and ECG. This time we did a full abdomen CT Scan which we haven’t done for awhile. As far as lungs are concerned everything is right on track! It sounds like everything has cleared up so much that now that can classify some of my abnormalities as scar tissue, which is what my pulmonologist suspected. Sad – but nothing I can do about it. Just helps explain the effort I have to put into breathing and lets me know that I can never stop doing cardio or I will lose the muscle that helps me expand my lungs despite the scar tissue.

What’s a little disconcerting is all the other things that show up in a full CT Scan. Because I have been having them occasionally since 2011 it’s like watching the slow falling apart of my body! Here are the things that give me pause and that I would like have answers to:

  1. Lung – Prominent coronary artery calcification – what my artery is calcifying? That doesn’t seem like a good thing!
  2. Focal area of lobulated low density involving subcapsular aspect of the inferomedial right love of the liver remains unchanged in overall appearance. – This says it was also on a previous scan – so apparently there is a mass on my liver that is unknown and no one is worried about?
  3. Left Kidney demonstrates lobulated contour – This is only important to me because I have a bad RIGHT kidney so my left one is very very needed.
  4. Left Kidney also has cyst – I apparently have cysts on most of my organs. Gross.
  5. Right Kidney also has probably cyst
  6. Mild to Moderate arteriovascular plaque deposition within the sub renal abdominal area – so my arteries are calcifying and filling with plaque?  How? My blood work is EXCELLENT!

I think that probably anyone getting older would see some of these things, it’s just that you don’t normally have ongoing scans of the interior workings of your body. I left out all the stuff about my intestines because it’s not a question for me, they are just trashed. Poor things, always inflamed and turning into inflexible pieces of tissue just waiting for a bout a diverticulitis.

So there you go! On the cancer front we appear to be looking great! On the getting old front, well, I am still getting old. 🙂

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Time slip

I feel like I have been in a cocoon the last couple of weeks, unable to interact outside of it.  My brain has just had to many things going and I am unable to step ouside of it! Mostly it was filled with a new puppy and a cold. I have been so careful to take care of myself with this cold because I just cannot afford (healthwise) to let it become anything worse in my lungs. It is still here, and I am coughing, but not too bad so I think I escaped any damage. I was also just very sick, itestinally speaking. It is like my last sandostatin shot just did not work. I get it every four weeks. I got my next dose four days ago and started feeling lots better by Monday. Sometimes I feel bad about the amount of drugs I have to to take to live a semi-normal life but, meh,it is better than curling up in bed for 18 days out of the month.

When you are chronically sick it is exhausting.Just all encompassing exhausting. You can not function with the rest of the world because all of your energy it taken up just trying to get through your day. I know so many people with chronic illness who live every day of thier lives in pain, I just want you to know, I undertand.

I have also been not in a good place in my head. I think it ties in together, when you do not feel good physically, your attitude cannot be happy and giving all the time. I hope I haven’t been mean to anyone without noticing.

I am better.

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I am feeling sorry for myself. 
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