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#117 I had to laugh at the bitch :)


Well the bone scan didn’t take as long as I thought that it would, it was only about twenty minutes long and the tech talked and joked with me the whole time, which made it seem more like ten minutes. I went in early in the morning to get the shot that I had to have for the scan, and when I signed in at the front desk the receptionist asked me if I had an appointment and I told her that my scan wasn’t for a few hours but that I was told to come in at 7:45 to have the nurse access my port for the shot. She looked at me like I was crazy and said that I must be wrong because they don’t even have a nurse on staff at that office. She was very rude and was actually going to send me away, telling me that I would have to make another appointment for another day. I insisted that she call her manager and tell her that I was there and find out just exactly what the hell was going on. I was a little bit angry by then because the receptionist had basically been dismissing what I was telling her(not that would ever let anyone get away with that). After a bit ‘gentle’ nudging on my part, she finally picked up the phone and called the office manager. I heard her say that there was a patient that was insisting that she was supposed to be here to have a nurse access her port to inject the dye for a bone scan, and that she had never even heard of them being able to access someones port. By the look on her face she must have been being told that there was a nurse practitioner coming to their office( she was in the back office waiting for me already) specifically to access my port for the injection. When she finally hung up the phone she said that I was in the right place and for me to go straight back. It seemed to me that she was actually very angry that she was wrong about it. I couldn’t help but laugh at her because she was obviously frustrated by the entire conversation. I probably should work on not laughing at people when they’re pissed off at me(I just couldn’t help myself), but maybe next time she’ll try not to be so bitchy to a patient. I went into the back office and was taken into a little room where I saw the same nurse practitioner I saw when I had the PET scan waiting there for me, and she was in a great mood. She did have a tech there to help her because everything has to be kept sterile so she needed an extra set of hands. She and I joked around a bit and I asked her if the imaging place did this for anyone else or just me, she said no, that so far I was the only one that was allowed to have the shot through my port, and that they called her into that office just to access my port, give me the shot and then remove the needle, put a little band-aid on me and she was done. After the NP had left, the tech told me that they’ve never had any patients where a doctor insisted on using a port because they aren’t supposed to use them at all when people are having chemo through it. The NP explained my situation to the tech and told her that I wasn’t having chemo so they were allowed to use it for injections. I don’t even have anywhere on my body that they could have put an IV in me anyway(because the chemo I had before wrecked all of my veins) so the port was really the only way to get the dye into my body. Other than the bitchy woman at the front desk I didn’t have any trouble at all, the tech even let me look at the scan when I was finished. And since I don’t know how to read a bone scan, the only comment I had on what I was seeing was that it made my ass look big. I didn’t like that part at all. I think it had something to do with the fact that my arms were at my side and it really only showed a shape of my body which made me look wider than I actually am. The bones are what stands out the most…I can say for certain that I do have a lovely skeleton. After we were done Rick and I left to go in search of a weed-eater so that we can we can do some much-needed work in the back yard(too much to be done by hand, and I know that because I tried), and we managed to find a used one for only $15, it was even full of the string and it works great. All in all it was a pretty good day. I have a lot of energy this morning so hopefully I’ll be able to work in the yard for a while. The front patio looks pretty good now that I trimmed the tree out there but I still have to wipe down the patio chairs and see if I can find a few of my plants that will grow well out there. If I can manage to find one or two small tables to set my plants on that would be a bonus. I have lots of energy today and I’m in a great mood too. No pain at all so far today.

#82 I must be doing better


It seems like forever since I tried to plan  any big projects in my house, but those home fix-up shows have me wanting to rip out my back yard and start over. We are also having the entire house carpeted this week, but that’s been in the works for a while now. The yard thing is new. Most of my yard is sectioned off by the pool and surrounded by rocks but whoever built this house obviously had kids and animals. I have the smaller part of my yard fenced in and it only grows weeds and crab grass.  Even I can’t pull that many weeds, and I can’t stand to look at it anymore. I was sitting in my front living room yesterday while Rick was in the other room watching a movie and I just decided to get up and find a pile of unlined paper and some of my son’s drawing pencils. I don’t draw, let’s get that straight, I never could, but I started to draw out an outline of what I want it to look like when I’m done, and about an hour later I had a very detailed garden with a fire pit and seating area as well as where I wanted every bush and plant. I even found a way to redirect the backwash outlet for my pool to help with watering some of the bushes. rick has just been looking at me like I’m crazy and shaking his head every time I mention it. But, like I told one of our friends yesterday, when it’s done Rick’s going to want everyone to go and see “HIS” new garden. That’s OK because I think he’ll just get in my way while I’m working. Did I mention that other than hiring someone to rip out all of the old yard that I plan on doing most of this by myself? Now I never said that I could do it in a weekend. In fact, I plan on it taking a few weeks because I can only do so much at a time in my wheelchair.I am going to go to a nearby nursery and ask what would survive my attempt at building an entirely new garden, ya know I don’t want to have to do it twice, and decide from there what I’ll plant. I do know that to get around to all of the planter boxes to care for the veggies on one side of the garden and flowers on the other I must have some kind of hard path big enough for my wheelchair. I want stone pavers but if this starts getting too expensive than hard packed pebbles and sand with brick trim it is. I think on some level I need to prove to myself that I’m still here. I’m still good for something, and this is exactly the kind of thing that I would have done before I found out just how bad the cancer is so I think I really do need to do this. Here’s what I do know for sure…my tiny shovel isn’t going to be much help!  Just to top off all the other upgrades this week I’m having someone paint my stairway and landing before the carpet comes so it will look nice and new. Rick and I already painted the whole downstairs but for this high part I’m going to have to let someone else do it because I couldn’t figure out a way to get me up high enough to paint the 20 ft wall. I wish I had a bob-cat, then I could do it all…I could see myself getting a bit carried away with one and digging up a utility line or something. I better leave it to a professional. Other than being really really tired(and coffee helps with that) I’m feeling OK. I have a bad cough that won’t go away and I’m having to use my oxygen at night, but during the day I move around enough to help with that. Rick has been threatening to take away my coffee if I don’t quit coming up with new projects, but that’s not gonna happen and he knows that. It’s nothing new. This is going to be a fun week because we’re also planning my birthday party for next weekend. I think I need more coffee.