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April 28, 2017

Why I have not been on blogs, and not answered emails. Medical stuff.

Filed under: Health, Love, My Life and Rants — Tags: , , — Scottie @ 13:32

This got long.  34 minutes of my voice.   So place consider this to be tortured and several humanitarian groups have formed to help those who have listened to the whole thing.  🙂  I am not whining about anything in the video, just explaining.    IF you force yourself to occasionally glance at the screen you see my normal smile and happy demeanor.   The reason it got long was the confusion I get into with my pain medications and the changing blood sugar.  So enjoy and try to not stuff too much into your ears to block the sound.   Hugs

April 22, 2017

I wish more people could understand this. I had several of these and have been given these responses. Hugs

Filed under: Harm, Health, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 10:08

April 21, 2017

Have to wait it out.

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants, News — Scottie @ 17:39

Sorry I am not on much right now.  I seem to have been lucky to have caught a stomach virus / bug that has been visiting everyone around here.   Despite my not being out much it apparently slipped through the cracks to get at me.   I am not a happy camper.  Today is worse than the last two and I thought they sucked.   So I am going back to bed.   IF I can stand it, I will use my Ipad to read a few more grand blogs.  Hugs

April 19, 2017

New look

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Pictures — Scottie @ 15:00

April 14, 2017

Baking Breakfast Together

Filed under: Food, Love, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 13:25

Hello Everyone.  Thanks for coming by, pull up a chunk of wi-fi and have a stretch out.   Some of you may know I have good days, and I have not good days.  Well that is not special, we all have that.  What makes mine a bit different is my health issues including pain problems can make a not so good day both happen a lot more often and makes them be quite a bitch.  However the great thing for me is I have it very good comparatively and with out being a blind pollyanna  I would say I am a lucky person.   I am rather happy.  I am not going to write a post on all the bitchy health stuff I am dealing with.   Instead I am going to tell you the great thing we did this morning.

Ron and I love to do stuff together.  One of the things we love to do is cook together.  I admit I use to do more of my share of it than I do now, but I still am part of the two man team.   Yesterday I came up with the idea of creating a breakfast bake this morning.  I had made one 11 years ago and Ron loved it.  So I gave Ron a list of things we needed and off he went to the store.  The last time I had to cook everything in advance, prepare it , and then bake the finished mixture.   

Ah how things have improved.   Ron was able to get a couple bags of precooked crumbled sausage and bacon.   The ham also was cut up, even though Ron did cut it smaller.   We got a huge bowl out and I went to town creating my own recipe.   First I added the crumbled meats with the chopped ham.   Then I added three different types of shredded cheeses.  Then Ron cut up a velveeta spicy cheese and added that.  Then I added a bunch of hash browns, which are simply shredded potatoes.  Now if you like peppers and onions you can add them.  Once we had all the stuff in the bowl, I mixed it up by hand.   

Ron had 6 really nice mini loaf cooking pans.   I filled them with the mixture up to about an inch from the top of the pan.   At the same time Ron took 9 eggs and put them in a bowl and using his new stick blender I got him, he whipped them up with some water.  This he poured over the mixture in the baking pans up to the top level of the mixture.   This gives the eggs room to rise as they soak into every part of the mixture.   Ron gave the pans a shake as he filled them as the eggs settle  in the nooks and crannies.  

We preheated the convection countertop oven to 425.   We set the timer at 30 minutes.  We checked them at 20 minutes to make sure.   Ron ate a slice or two and pronounced them great.   I ate mine with hot sauce.  I did not add salt with the mixture as I prefer people to add the salt at the time of eating as people have such different tastes.   I agree it was great.   The most wonderful thing is Ron and I did it together.  It was a great joy to be creating side by side as we made this with no measurements or complete recipe.   Poor Ron had to do all the clean up as just the small part I did wore me out, but he did not mind at all.  

Here are some pictures.  Sorry I did not think to take the pictures until after it had been baked and we started to eat.      Be well.  May your days not be bitchy.   Hugs

 

April 12, 2017

It gets messed up doesn’t it.

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants — Tags: , — Scottie @ 13:35

I have been warned for a while now that I was running out of options on my diabetes.   The oral meds were not working.  As I have to have surgery very soon, they have to get my sugar down and under control.  My primary is not really the greatest and I have had to lean on her a bit to get things accomplished.  So Monday I had a visit with my pain care provider and got my shots.   I only got ten shots this time because even though we went lower I asked for her to start lower rather than just below the shoulder blades.  The pain care ANRP is the best.  Then Tuesday I saw my primary care.  She is a PAC.  I don’t hold that against her, she is just not really consistent at her job.   In fact I asked her if I should go to a specialist for my diabetes management, and she got a little offended.  Well the thing is I was put on injection insulin.   Now that doesn’t bother me, I have given shots, I don’t mind shots, I get a lot of them already anyway, and so giving myself a shot is not a problem.   I don’t care for the new way they do it, these pens injection devices as I have twice not gotten my full dose.  I prefer the old way of drawing it up out of a vial and such.  Well she put me on this super new pen injection insulin which has both the insulin and some other drug in it.   It is like super new, the rep is really hitting the doctors to prescribe it even though the pharmacies don’t stock it and insurance doesn’t cover it.  Which is what happened to me.  She gave me a sample to use while she sent the prescription into the pharmacy.

The pharmacy called me this morning and flat out said no way.  OK I have had that happen on several meds.  Here is where it gets to be a problem.  Most doctors offices work closely with the pharmacies, especially the one I use as it is the largest health care hospital system in the county and they use the huge pharmacy to provide all the employees and families durg needs.  It is really huge.  so like if your prescription has run out the pharmacy will call the doctor’s office for a new script for you.  Or in this case they would call the doctor’s office and say they won’t cover that script and here are the options.   This all makes it much easier for the patient.  But the primary care I have ( until I can change it ) hates the pharmacy to call them, and has actually told them not to call and often refuses to take the calls.  I have complained about it but got nowhere.

So this morning the nice lady at the pharmacy called , explained everything to me, how they wouldn’t cover it, how they would cover my insulin lantus but my copay would be $50 for three months for that and $50 for three months for something else, on top of the $50 I pay for my blood pressure meds, and some other drugs that cost me less amounts.  Not complaining because while that is tight for me, it is doable and a lot of people don’t have the insurance I do and their copays are a lot more.  I agreed to the $100 for three months added payment.  Then she said she would try to work it out with the doctors office and explained the problem.  So I am waiting for a call to be told what medications to take and how to get them.  Plus am I staying with a pen system or the old ( better I think ) system of vial and syringe.   So the thing I really need to do is get the hip surgery as soon as I can.  I am to see a different orthopedic surgeon because the first one I had such a dislike for.   My pain care giver says the one is much more suited for me and so I think it will work out.   Get that done and it is one less problem and a lot less pain.  I won’t need the wheelchair and I won’t need a new scooter.

Speaking of scooters I just found out that it takes a filled out 12 page form that takes about 2 hours to complete.  Most doctors offices won’t do it.   So I would be out of luck as they say if I needed it anyway.  Be well and happy.   Hugs

 

April 3, 2017

Only 7 years ago

Filed under: History, My Life and Rants, Pictures — Tags: , — Scottie @ 21:56

Strange how we change.  This picture was taken of me in the breakroom having my lunch at the hospital I worked at.  I worked in the Surgical ICU.  This was 6 or 7 years ago.  It was already wearing on me.  I looked so different than today, at least in my eyes.   I don’t see the smile I normally wear so my body could already have started to fail.   I see in this I had my old cell phone, it was a new model at the time with a flip out keyboard.   The thing for texting, which I love to do.  However I think a year or so after I started working we switched to IPhones.  So my first IPhone was 4.  SO it came out in July of 2010.  I started work in April 2010.  Ron could tell me when it was taken, but I can’t.   What do you think compared to the way I look now?  Hugs

Scottie at work

 

Question on picture.

Filed under: My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 13:10

So far the hands folded gets the most votes.  However I tried to crop it two different ways.  I like both.  I would love your ideas.   I first cropped it with all the background stuff that could fit.  That leaves a lot of room at the top and sides, and makes me smaller.  I don’t mind that.  Then I tried to crop it with me much bigger, pulling in the sides.  That cuts out much of the interesting stuff I have spread around me like a treasure hunt, but does show more me.  What do you guys think.   Hugs

Time again for new photo

Filed under: My Life and Rants, Pictures — Tags: , — Scottie @ 12:32

Hello, Hello All.   Excuse the typos please, I will proof read but for some reason known only to those mythical creatures called dragons, my neuropathy and tremors are worse than ever today.   Not a good combination when going back to shaving I must add.   However I think I did rather good, as long as I don’t break my arm patting myself on the back.   So I got my first get up coffee, I would call it morning coffee but for me morning came at the ungodly hour of 11:30 AM, and took some pictures of me at my desk with the new do.   As always when I change the look I change the gravatar on everything ( I have about six spots I have to remember to change it. )  As I never see myself as you guys do, I love to have you tell me which you think looks the best.  I have learned how to tell which one you like when you comment using that enlarged photo to do it.  Took awhile for me to learn that , I was like can you tell me which one from the top left ….Oh well, you can teach an old human new tricks but the dog learns faster.  🙂  So please let me know.  Hugs

March 25, 2017

Startling Statistics: Child sexual abuse and what the church can begin doing about it | Religion News Service

Filed under: Ideas, My Life and Rants, opinion, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 10:38

I read a post on Violetwisp’s blog.  https://violetwisp.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/religion-is-harmless/ .  It started with a post by Ark.  https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/oh-for-gods-sake-religion-does-no-harm-oh-really/ .  I think this is an important topic.  I agree with Ark on this, however I am not saying all religious people are deliberately bad or “evil”.  I think the institutions of religion by their natures can not help but affect everything they try to do with some amount of negativity.  Even religious groups trying to do great things like feed people who are hungry and clothe people and arrange for homeless children to be placed with loving qualified parents are poisoned by being done by religious organizations.   This is why I say this, if a person without food is required to listen to a sermon that may not agree with their views just to receive the food it is coercion.  If you have to agree with the dogma of a religion to receive the clothing you need, it is wrong.  If a child is denied a loving family, a qualified home because a religious group discriminates against possible parents based on their religious criteria is criminal in my view.

So this is why I say that even when trying to do good works, if it involves a religion it is soured.  The same good actions can be and in fact should be done by secular humans caring for other humans.   Thanks.   Hugs

Source: Startling Statistics: Child sexual abuse and what the church can begin doing about it | Religion News Service

Excerpt Below:

Other studies have found that sexual abusers within faith communities have more victims and younger victims. This disturbing truth is perhaps best illustrated by the words of a convicted child molester who told Dr. Salter,

I considered church people easy to fool…they have a trust that comes from being Christians. They tend to be better folks all around and seem to want to believe in the good that exists in people.

Besides sending shockwaves down your spine, why is it critical for those within the faith community to be aware of these statistics?

If approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have been sexually abuse as children (an even a more conservative statistic than that provided by Dr. Russell), this means that our churches are filled with abuse survivors. For example, [tweetable]a church of 200 members (100 women and 100 men) will have at least 41 child sexual abuse survivors…20.5%![/tweetable] Yet, sexual abuse is still too seldom talked about inside our churches.

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