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Routine Ramblings of an Occasionally Interesting Texan

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highly abbreviated update
I just caught up in my flist to Friday, when I posted the poll asking for Open Topic ideas. I've picked mine, and it will incorporate some of the requests. Writing it helped calm me today.

Friday - Life Group, vegging online instead of napping, The Mat
Of note: for 90 days, no computer after 9pm without direct supervision by Flar, will help with triggers by getting more sleep, will help with intimacy by taking away an avoidance activity.

Saturday - cleaned the kitchen, washed dishes, made cupcakes & boiled eggs; 4pm service; Chinese Takeout; 7pm Livecast with the whole family; frosted the cupcakes and deviled the eggs.

Sunday - took care of 12, then 11 two years olds during two services; prepared Easter dinner: Glazed Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Glazed Green Beans, with deviled eggs for app. and cupcakes for desert. Scarlett brought fruit salad.; [re]watched John Adams with in-laws, sang Happy Birthday to Bébé

Monday - drove Flar to Louisville - no wifi, didn't have an ethernet cable, bad cell signal: no-internet day, wherein I read some saved flist, sorted mail, made lists, burned a bunch of CDs; drove home, ate dinner; worked 4 hours.

Today was a medical day. Flar drove Tigger to school, but I drove him to the medical offices. His foot was still bound up in a zinc bandage to help the gout, and if I drove he didn't have to hike into the office from the parking lot. First stop: nephrologist. Flar's kidney function is under 10 percent now. His doctor recommended firmly against the upcoming trip to Brazil, prescribed a potassium-lowering drug, re-emphasized the low-potassium diet, and order stat blood work. Next stop, the pharmacy, next door to the lab, then up to the foot doctor. I got Critter to pick up Tigger and take him to Tutoring Club, and started writing out my journal entry longhand.

Flar's toe is great, his gout is still in his heel (but not the rest of the foot), and he's down to a regular band-aid that fits under a sock. Three more days of the gout medicine, and his foot will be fine.

Flar has an appointment (the Dr. wanted next week, the surgeon is taking off for Spring Break, so it's after that) with a surgery to arrange for a catheter to be placed in his abdomen for peritoneal dialysis. After that heals, we'll be trained in the procedure, which will be an every-night, 8 hour, deal.

His blood work came back before we left the building. Potassium is higher than Thursday, as is Creatinine. Brazil trip is off.

Meanwhile, I fought off a cold all through Easter, took a nighttime cough formula last night to help me sleep and woke up feeling majorly drugged. I spent the morning, before we left for the doctor's office, napping.

The boys and I are driving to Troy, AL for Spring Break. We're leaving here Saturday and returning on Friday. I made a reservation at a Comfort Inn, which has free internet, so I hope to catch up with my flist then.

Oh, and I'm working again tonight. Leaving after Ro and Knight come over for a chat.

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how damn long has Flar been on the transplant list? It seems like he should be "bad enough" by now to be fairly high ranking - or is he not considered a good recipient for some reason?

I hope something good happens on the kidney front soon - hug him for me.

Is there "something" in Troy for spring break - I know you've driven several states away for ribs before :) Have fun!

Re: I'm a little confused

I think it was last fall, or the end of summer, when Flar was put on the list. Yes, going on dialysis does raise his ranking. The wait for kidneys is generally three to five years.

I will give Flar hugs for you. I don't think I'm up to twirly hugs, though.

Okay, so my brother went to work in China and ended up marrying Doll there. This is common enough, that Doll's sister, Gem, also married an American engineer who was working in China. They moved to the states almost four years ago, and they live on a 100 acre cattle ranch in Troy, AL. Their daughter, Button, was born before they left China.

So what's in Troy? A not quite sohigh speed internet access and wifi at the Comfort Inn, and lazy days visiting relatives who have a squealing three year old (almost four), who fortunately will settle down if you read her books.

I Spy books give me a headache. Or, maybe it was the squealing.

Mom and Doll are driving back to Texas today, and the boys and I are planning a completely lazy day, staying at the hotel. We're driving back tomorrow, with a stop at the Huntsville Rocket Museum on our way back.

Flar going on the list, but my sense of time passing is so skewed that it seemed like much longer ago. It's pathetic that you have to let your health deteroriate SO badly before you can get on the list. I don't know why more people won't sign up as cadaver donors! (yes, I am) I wish him luck through all of this!
I remember the brother finding a wife as well, just not that they came back and settled in Troy. I *knew* there had to be some reason :)


Oh, Bro and Doll still live in China. She came home with Mom this spring, for a short visit. Doll's sister, Gem, lives in AL. She met her husband when he was worked in China, and they moved here, to Troy, shortly after Button was born.

I gotta look for Troy, AL on the map, but that sounds like fun. Enjoy your vacation, hon! Get some fresh air and sunshine. :D

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