Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Hey, weeds in the garden beds might be a good thing, maybe even a cure for some kinds of cancer.

I'm in favor of anything that makes it okay to grow weeds (I do it so well), and cures cancer.

H/T to Dirt du Jour via the Daily Mail in England

Now, where do I get me some of them weeds....

Monday, January 10, 2011

Wrapped Up

Okay, 'Pup got out of the hospital on Thursday, and went to work on Friday. He's not at 100%, but the company he works for was "acquired" recently and he's....cautious. Not that anyone in the new parent company does the same work he does, but.....

So, last week, 'Pup went into the hospital for an infection in his leg. Fairly straightforward, for 'Pup, this isn't his first rodeo ride with this problem. We knew it would be one or two days of IV antibiotics and then home we'd go. And, if not for a little ancillary problem, that would have been the way it played out.

Seems that 'Pup sprung a leak.

And that leak just would not stop...for more than 24 hours.

When his first IV site failed, as it always does ('Pup has crappy veins), he started to bleed as it was removed. And he bled and bled and bled, and you'd be surprised at just how much blood can escape from a needle sized hole in your arm. They tried a lot of things to stop the blood, and would seem to succeed, but every bandage and pressure bag they put on it seemed to do nothing. It is not a good thing when your nurse looks overly concerned. Let me tell you, he had concerned nurses.

Y'all, his INR was a God-awful 8, rather than the 2.5 or lower the doc usually shoots for. His blood was thin, thin, thin. Seems, perhaps, he'd been slightly over prescribed his blood thinner. Ya think? You'll be happy to know, that his new doc and the doc at the hospital have decided that he should discontinue the blood thinners.

They gave him 2 bags of fresh frozen plasma to help the clotting along and a shot of potassium to counteract the warfarin. It worked.

His hemoglobin is pretty low, as a normal thing for him. Normal is around 14, he'd come into the hospital around 8, and after his leak was down to 6. So, he got two units of red blood cells. Pinked that white boy right up, let me tell you! He'll never get up to 14, his body just doesn't make red blood cells well enough, but he's now normal for him.

So, that was the excitement for my last week. I'm hoping for a really quiet and boring week to come.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Dang it!

Okay, 'Pup, aka the hubs, is going into the hospital again. Infection, so he needs IV antibiotics. Just a couple of days, this time, we hope.

Stuff and Such

I'm liking this new computer. Thought I'd tell you about where I got it. I think the price I paid for it has gone up, as I got it on a good sale, (thank you!) right before Christmas. To recap, I needed a new, more muscle-y machine because I have an adult student who has been transferred back to his home country. He wants to maintain our lessons, via Skype. We tried using my little net book and, alas, it just couldn't handle the video and audio requirements for Skype.

So, he asked me to get a new machine. He even helped me pay for one.

So, I've got a pretty good machine. It's got a 17.3 inch screen and 4 G/500G....plenty of power and room to grow in. I'm looking forward to fooling around with some videos now, and if I can, I'll try to get some good photograph editing software and see what I can learn.

This will have to wait a while, as I also want (see prior post) to get back into my garden. This is concurrent with wanting to rebuild my health and some of my mobility. I've been fighting pain for a while and I think the stenosis in my spine may be increasing again. Something is making it harder and harder to move.

But, I'll find a way.

Meanwhile, I need to find a pretty case for my pretty lady. I think I've decided, this laptop is a lady. I'm not sure what to call her, other than Titanic, but I don't really want to jinx this. I need a nice lucky name for a big lady....Ah HAh! Bertha. Her name is, Bertha.

Y'all say hello.

So, I need a bag for Bertha. I'd prefer red, or maybe purple, but I'll settle for black, as long as there's something sparkly on it. It needs a long enough strap to be able to be slung over a shoulder, and hung on the handlebars of my wheelchair.

Something like this:

would be great, though not quite as blingified as could be, and it's not quite big enough. The price is right, though!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Happy New Year, 2011

Yesterday was the start of a new decade and in about three months, I'll be celebrating my 6th year as a blogger. I kinda (ok, more than KINDA) slacked off last year, as the winter freeze of 2009/10 decimated my garden, and then health challenges sidelined me.

Several of my other garden buddies are posting their plans for the coming year, and I thought I'd join them...

I'd like to:

1) Get back into my back yard. It was shamefully and knowingly neglected last year, as I was disheartened by the death of my back yard buddy, my kitty, Lady SpitFire. Finding her dead in the garden in April..... stopped me in my tracks for a while and then, the magnitude of the job ahead of me overwhelmed me. I will try to not be overwhelmed. I'll take it one step/slide at a time.

2) Grow tomatoes again. I didn't last year. I missed them this summer and even more this winter, as I usually am able to baby them along under a (for lack of a better term) homemade greenhouse enclosure. The past two New Year's Days, I've not had a tomato to pick to eat and gloat about... (First tomato of the year, harvested 12:01 am New Year's Day!)...

3). Take more pictures. I took quite a few last year, but being on my netbook, with the small screen, made it harder to work with them. No excuses this year, I've a 17.3 inch screen to play with now, and it's HD capable.

4) Post more often. I used to post everyday and sometimes more than once a day. I will try to post at least every other day.... maybe more!

I think four things on this list, for now is manageable. My health has improved, somewhat, tho I am afraid some of my mobility has been lost. I will be working slower in the garden and it may take me a long time to recover what has been neglected. It's a big job ahead, and I'll have to take it one small step/slide/roll at a time.

Y'all take care, out there...