I am a 52 year old woman who has been having shoulder problems for about 1 year. Pain, stiffness, then it seemed all at once I couldn't raise my left arm. I don't recall any injury; and have been seeking treatment since October 2006. I have had a manipulation under general anesthesia, but still am unable to bring my arm around to my back, or to the opposite front pocket.
Now, November 2007, I have been diagnosed with breast cancer--infiltrating ductal carcinoma, grade II, and ductal carcinoma in situ, noncomedo type, nuclear grade II with associated calcifications. The largest focus of carcinoma measures 1.2 cm.
This is my journey.
Rainy gloom moved out this afternoon, and sun broke through. Birds singing, feeding on the bugs and worms coming out of the ground, and I've seen a couple of birds with nesting material in their beaks.
Did a load of laundry, moved some boxes around, went out for a few groceries that weren't at the other store I went to yesterday.
Went out this afternoon to change address at the financial institutions. Seems we can create complex passwords and pin numbers, change them at intervals, have "secret" security questions, and yet not be able to change an address online. Ack!
I stopped for a few groceries while I was out, too.
Fixed a yummy supper and ate, cleaned up the kitchen, spent the rest of the evening on the computer changing addresses. I think the majority are done now. And the few that needed a phone call, take forever. Another 1/2 hour or so, each. Ack, again!
Becoming accustomed to this place. It's kinda nice.
Frank came over and helped me rake and bag (no burning inside the city limits). A whole lot different than the old house--we were done in an hour!!
After he left, I was sweeping the sidewalk. The neighbors on the driveway side came out to meet me. Nice people. Was happy to meet them.
I fixed supper and ate outdoors, too. I've found an area in the back that's a little sheltered from the breeze, and the fence blocks some of the traffic noise. Cleaned up supper and went back out to the front. I trimmed the potted plants, then trimmed one of the larger bushes next to the front porch. There will be a lot more cutting done as the season goes on.
A bit cool this morning. I went out to sweep the driveway of "tree droppings". There is a maple tree in the yard whose buds are plentiful and create a lot of debris on the the driveway and whatever else is in the way. I've moved the car back in the driveway to stay out of the fall zone as much as possible. Another tree on the other side of the drive, in the neighbor's yard, has beautiful white blossoms on it. Those will be falling soon, some in the driveway. I'm sure I'll appreciate the maple's shade while it's leafed out.
A nice phone call, the back outdoors.
I was able to pick up all the branches and other debris that was in the back yard, and I trimmed/cut back some foliage. The sun was warm with just a light breeze. It was very pleasant.
Spring drizzle/light rain on and off, mostly on, most of the day. The birds are picking at the bugs and worms.
After the morning meeting, the plumbers came over and repaired a leak and connected the outdoor faucet that had been overlooked? when the remodel was done. The drain guy also came over--he was here for a couple of hours.
He ran the snake thing quite a ways out (about 20 feet, I heard him say to the guys) before hitting the big snag. He worked and worked it, and found it to be roots. He pulled out a couple of huge chunks of roots. Maybe 2 gallons or more, if I compare it to a milk jug. Happy to have it done, and to have a landlord that is prompt with repairs. (so far...)
While he was roto-rooting, I cleaned the glass in the china cabinet before putting that back together. I've emptied several boxes, moving other stuff around and organizing. It's nice to be able to walk through, not stepping around and over. I'm getting there.
Went out for a few groceries, and got gas before the price went up. Bonus!
While doing laundry, during the second load, I hear water splashing.
I see water dripping from the waste pipe. A steady stream. I snapped a picture and sent it to the landlord.
She texts me back, saying the maintenance guy will be here soon.
He shows up, looks at it, tightens the bands at the connections, but it's still dripping. (he put the cold water hose from the washer into the drain pipe and turned it on. We could hear the water backing up after a bit.) Turned the water off, and it drained away before long. He said he'd contact the plumber.
In the meantime, I called the city, who sent the big truck to check the sewer line in the road. He ran the giant snake thing clear down to the next manhole. There was a small amount of debris, he said, but unlikely that that was causing the problem. And from the house to the main line in the street is the home owner's responsibility. Yikes.
Since I'm the first resident in this home in at least 3 years, there are likely to be little problems. I hope this landlord continues to be prudent with repairs, as she has so far.
I fixed supper and ate, cleaned up, and continued getting boxes out of the center of the rooms. It's getting tedious, but I'm making progress.
The first part of the work day was pretty nice. I had my work planned out. I was going to put my lunch in the microwave to heat up, do some charting/documentation while that was happening, eat lunch, then do the second half of the day.
Admissions came in. Got them settled, surgicals came back to their rooms, and doctors had not rounded to discharge their patients. *whew* Finally got to eat said lunch about 2:45. Ugh.
I made it through to the end of the shift, happy to clock out.
Home, snack, a quiet rest of the night.
Tomorrow, maybe I can find a box or two to empty.....
Sunshine and warmer temperatures. I put the plants out on the front porch, put the cushions on the glider, and took my breakfast out there. It was delightful to be able to be outdoors without freezing.
I got ready and went over to the "old" house. J & P met me over there to change out the thermostat back to the one that was there when I moved in. They also helped me load a lot of the stuff out of the garage.
Back at the "new" house, we got the van unloaded, he put the preferred programmable thermostat on for me, and they left. Thanks so much for the extra hands, it was much appreciated.
After supper, I went back over and finished the garage. The only thing left in there is that pretty white car. I'll try to get that over here tomorrow.
I also got most of the rest of the items from the house. Tomorrow I should be able to finish up.
Up and showered, breakfast, and the Comcast guy showed up. Turned out that the "set top box" was bad, and the modem wasn't programmed correctly either. He changed out the box, called/reprogrammed the equipment, and, wa-la! a picture on the television!
I got myself ready to go. Stopped for a couple of errands before going to the massage.
Leah did her magic, like always. She worked out the yucks that had accumulated from my moving activities. I felt so much better right away.
Went over to the old house, mostly finished the inside.
Back home, unloaded, put a few things away, fixed food and ate, had a nice phone call.
Tomorrow is a work day with a meeting in the afternoon.
I was pretty a key this morning, and felt like getting in a tub of hot water. Hmm. I looked at the new tub. Filled it up, and 10 minutes later I had climbed in.
Ohmygoodness, what a nice tub. I thoroughly enjoyed my soak.
Now I was ready for breakfast.
Ate, finished putting away things that I had brought last night, got the things together that I wanted to take over to the house, and was on my way.
The guy showed up to take out the rented water softener. The basement is all but done.
I worked all day and got the house ready for the truck. I enjoyed being outdoors cleaning the garage of the debris from the new roofing job. What a big help that everything had been covered. There sure is a lot of grit created.
Frank came over before work and disconnected the electronics in the entertainment center. He loaded the television and some other pieces into the van because we didn't have boxes for them.
Several stops on the way home, looking for a turkey baster to get the last little bit of gasoline out of the snow blower. Finally found one, so they'll be able to put that in the truck tomorrow.
I'm pretty excited to have the furniture coming over. And that I'm almost done!
Frank stopped over after work and unloaded what I couldn't.
Enjoyed breakfast, worked at getting things and boxes moved around and put somewhere until the rest of the furniture comes on Tuesday. The good part is that there is only a little bit left to bring over, at least for the house. The garage still needs to be finished.
The Maintenance guys and the plumber came to repair the leak in the water line. I was just on my way out for groceries; I left them to it. Pleasantly surprised that there wasn't much of a mess to clean up.
Put the groceries away, finished in the basement, fixed food and ate, went over to the, now old, house. Worked over there for a few hours packing. Loaded up and came home. All 3 bedrooms are now empty except for the larger items for the movers. Pretty amazing.
The snow this evening is surely beautiful. I brought the shovel with me in case I need to scrape a path out to the garage in the morning, as tomorrow is a workday.
I was awakened by someone knocking loudly on the door. Ohmygosh, it's 9 o'clock! The maintenance guy was here to check on the water leak. I was sleeping pretty good, too...
I got up and let them in. After seeing what it was, he went out and called the plumber, who will be here Friday afternoon. We started talking about the house in general--the two guys who were here were who did the rehab work. It was great to hear their stories, and they showed me some "before" pictures. Amazing. I got the feeling that they liked the way I was taking care of the house so far.
They left, and I ended up laying back on the bed for another 20 minutes or so. I got to feeling quite "punky".
I didn't do much after breakfast. Dozed off in the LazyBoy several times while trying to do computer stuff. And I was so cold all day.
Later in the afternoon, I finished putting away what I had brought over yesterday. I also re-assembled a shelving unit and put things on it.
Back over to the old house after supper. I wasn't feeling much better, but now I was warm (hot, actually).
I packed up some of the china cabinet, got a load in the van, and came back home after a couple of hours.
Tomorrow I need fresh food, and I'll get another load over. It's almost done...
Worked, and extremely busy, before even getting a complete report. Very challenging working without a "map" of who-needs-what-when. All part of health care, I'm thinking.
We finally were able to catch our breaths somewhere close to 1pm. We went over our assignment carefully to make sure everyone got the care they needed. And we had been able to do what needed to be done. We were all ... frazzled, that's all.
The afternoon was somewhat better, but still very busy.
I went over to the house to pick up a load, went to the new house, unloaded and unpacked some, got a snack, and worked on my project.
Didn't sleep very well, the first night in the new house. This house makes a lot of noises. I got up a couple of times and walked around. Just house noises.
I had a great day anyway. Put things away for a couple of hours. Fix food, ate, put the empty boxes in the van, and went over to the other house. I spent a few hours picking up, sorting out, taking apart, and got a load together. Loaded, over to the new house, and unloaded.
I had a little snack, and put away what I had brought over for the kitchen. I think both kitchens are done now. Well, the new house has a little "settling" to do yet.
Upstairs to the bedroom and bathroom, got those rooms unpacked and put away what I could.
Frank's friend, Maureen, is truly awesome. The three of us moved my bed, a great start on the garages, and the majority of the rest of the kitchen.
After packing and loading the second load (M can put more in a vehicle than I can, and I can do pretty good), we called for take-out food. By the time I got over to the house, they had her truck unloaded and put away in the garage!
I set up a folding table and chairs, and we enjoyed our first meal in the new house. It's beginning to feel like home.
M put her snow-soaked jacket in the dryer, I had another one for her, Frank had brought his laundry (lol), and we got the van unloaded in what seemed just a few minutes.
They went on their way; I spent the next 3 hours or so putting the kitchen together, the refrigerator and freezer things away, and putting bedding on. Whew, that was one awesome day!
I felt much better today, just a little sinus swelling. That was sure strange stuff yesterday.
Tomorrow is mandatory extra hours in the afternoon.
Got to work; my turn to float. Right after doing a procedure with one physician, and accompanying another on rounds.
I started sneezing, eyes watering, and nose running. All at once. It was embarrassing, trying to work and having a sneezing fit, nose dripping. This lasted all morning.
The unit I was "helping" on had a decrease in their census by noon, and didn't need me any longer. I went back to my own unit, checked in, and enjoyed my lunch, amidst sneezing, nose runs, and blinking eyes.
The good news was that I wasn't needed any more. I finished a couple of loose ends and left.
Went to the new house and unloaded the things I had brought. I wasn't intending to stay, but surprisingly, the sneezing stopped. Nose slowed down, too.
I ended up taping the seams in the dryer vent (why wasn't the flexible vent duct installed?) and organizing most of the basement.
Home, I fixed supper and ate, had tylenol and motrin and read a little. No more sneezing or snotting, just a little watery eyes. Not sure if it's allergies or illness. Time will tell.
Hope to get at least one large load over tomorrow. I'll be ready to start staying there soon.