Monday, January 26, 2015

Pre-Surgery Update

I had an appointment with my 2nd cardiologist today, the one who prescribed the life vest. He also OK'd my surgery for Wednesday. Yeah!!!!! We're making progress, this is going to be a good year for me!
I have one day to straighten up the house and get myself clean....huh? you say...
I have to shower the night before my surgery with hibiclens and then the morning of surgery also. Since we are leaving at 4:30 AM I am going to be one clean woman.

One of my friends drove me to my appointment today, it was a breeze and if I wasn't concerned about my heart I could easily make the drive myself. One good thing about seeing a specialist (the ones I see anyway) is that I don't have to wait. It was rather humorous that after I checked in and while Carla and I were sitting and waiting the person at the counter asked if we had been checked in....and I thought 'You just saw me 5 minutes ago, maybe you shouldn't be working here'. I guess she didn't recognize me without my winter jacket and hat on.
Geez, since I've been wearing the life vest they know everything about exactly when I take a bath, etc. Talk about big brother....... I was told I still have a lot of extra heartbeats but we can't tell if my heart is better or not until I have another ECHO. I told them I am so used to wearing it that 'Jon' doesn't really bother me.....the nurse says men are not so receptive to wearing it. The dr told me to wear it until we get the report/ECHO from my other cardiologist. I may end up having a defibrillator implanted, but I'll cross that bridge if I come to it.
The nurse seemed surprised that I was smiling and happy today. Why not be???
After that it was almost lunch and I was hungry so we went to the Schreiner's restaurant. I had one of my standbys....hamburger and French fries "no salt please". A really good hamburger. It was snowing when we left and we weren't sure if we wanted to stop any where else but we did stop at the St Vincent de Paul store. It's a big, very nice place. I didn't look at the clothes....don't need anything...but did look at the 'stuff'. We each spent a couple of dollars. It was still snowing so we decided to come home. As we neared our area we saw dry roads.....that was OK, I had phone calls to make.....only one was completed. There's tomorrow yet.

This will probably be my last post for a couple of days. I'll be back after my surgery.

The card above is from my Red Hat group, we have one person who sends out cards to those who need one. Joyce does fantastic work. This card looks much better in person. The gold is metallic and the angel is a pin. Love it!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thursday's Thoughts

As my breast cancer surgery date nears I am not anxious yet......
I am trying to be realistic. The cardiologist could have a reason why we can't go through with it.(Although I doubt that will happen, after all I will be at a hospital known for it's cardiac care) I could wake up and find that I've had a much more intensive surgery than anticipated. I'm having a lumpectomy and lymph node (how many???) removal. I'm praying that my heart is strong enough to make it through without any problems.  I'm packing a bag for more than the overnight stay I am scheduled for....I like to be prepared. 
I'm requesting and thanking you for your prayers.

The defibrillator that I've been wearing since before Christmas has remained silent :-)
I hope that's a sign that my heart is improving. Although I do have episodes of light-headedness or just feeling weird occasionally. 

Yesterday I was reminded of my dream that I had shortly after my diagnosis. I was scooting over a river on a big log, once or twice I tipped but I did not fall off. I made it to the other side. I am confident that God was telling me that I'll make it though this. 

My hair is growing back.....very white/blond? but not the red/strawberry blond I am use to. So what do I do? I dream that when I brush it and fix it it is longer than it looks and it's my normal color.....but then I get up and look in the mirror and it's the same short, white hair it was the day before. I am getting braver and not wearing my wig. It's kind of a pain. I wear a winter hat when I go out (too cold without it) or a pink baseball cap if I am inside. At my girlfriend's stamping parity I did not wear anything, after all this is real life!

I should probably make phone calls today: 
an appointment with the radiologist
call to Jill (whom is a cancer survivor I met at the hospital)

I've been making arrangements with friends to drive me to doctor appointments for the first week that I am home. I won't be able to drive for at least a week. I am not sure what to expect. I was told that I will be able to use my right arm (the one where the lymph node removal is). That's a relief, I am soooo right handed.

Cancer is such a thief; a very stealthy thief, silent, possible deadly, persistent, and just plain nasty!
It's a life changer to be sure.
Thankfully I have heard from so many people who are survivors!!!! I am so happy for you and will join your club (with God's grace).

Monday, January 19, 2015

Scrapbooking Getaway

Last Friday and Saturday I and a couple of friends attended a scrapbooking retreat.
We left late Friday morning and had to make a couple of stops so it was after 1 in the afternoon. After getting set up and working for a couple of hours one of our other friends got there and we were off to Panda Express to eat. I had checked online earlier to see what was safe for me to eat. I'm on a low sodium diet so it's a must do for me. We went back and scrapped some more. I'm not sure when we went to our room, but we were up late talking. I was not tired so was the last one to fall asleep....not for lack of trying. I was the last one to wake up and would have loved to sleep later...but it was almost 10. We went out for breakfast and made a quick stop at Goodwill (we got a tip on 12 X 12 scrapbook bins....I found the last one) and finally went back to work on our projects. 

 The room we all 'played' in.

 'My' group.

Below are some of my pages. I completed 17 double sided pages (34 layouts) and am very pleased.
ON THE ROAD TO NASHVILLE was cut out with my Cameo.
That's the sunrise as we left town to get to the park n' ride.

My pages are pretty simple. 

The city skyline was also cut with my Cameo. I was surprzed to see my photo is exactly like the cut out. If I had know that when I ordered the photos I would have ordered a 5 X 7 photo.

Simple page, I cut the guitars also.....each is a different size.

I like to put all the info in my scrapbooks....itinerary and cost. It could be interesting to look back at.

I had an appointment with my oncologist this morning and then ran some errands. Tomorrow I have to go to Milwaukee for a mammogram and Wednesday I have a dentist appointment - lucky me huh??? The weather isn't too bad (high 20's to mid 30's) and gas is not so expensive so those are good things. Next week I'll be in Milwaukee twice (if all goes as planned).

I'll keep you updated as much as I can. Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments on my other posts. I truly feel loved. :-)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thursday's Thoughts

Two weeks from today I will be returning home to recover and heal from my breast cancer surgery. That is as long as I get clearance from my 2nd cardiologist on the 26th. Yes, I'm cutting it close but I can not get in to see him any earlier and the surgeon (and I) want this done. The original plan was much simpler....but now with my heart issues it has changed.  The anesthesiologist will be a special, cardiac anesthesiologist and I will stay overnight, possibly in ICU.
The first hospital (where I was originally having my surgery) has a pre-surgery regime, I was told to wash with Hibiclens and also given special wipes to use on the surgery area. I was also tested for MRSA and prescribed a salve to put in my nostrils before surgery. We picked up and paid for those prescriptions......oh well. Oh, and I already have some pain pills too.....better make sure my present surgeon knows that!

I'm not sure how to explain it, but I have a 'bad' attitude of late. I'm not crabby, depressed, or angry. It's just that my attitude is bad, as opposed to good.  I know I'l get through it, I'm just not happy with it right now. 

This should be a fun weekend. Tomorrow morning I'm leaving for a scrapbooking retreat, it's only in the neighboring city....but I'll have a table to myself and can work on my scrapbook as much as I want and only take breaks to eat or whenever I want. I won't be home until Saturday night. The retreat ends on Sunday but I and Carolee only stay one night. For a change I am prepared and organized.....but I am sure once I start working I'll think of something I wish I'd brought along.

Next week I have several doctor appointments....and the week after, even the week after that. Let's hope all goes as planned.

Time to do some cleaning before I leave tomorrow morning.
Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting!!!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Latest News

Our grandson was here again overnight on Saturday. 
He's always so cheerful when he comes over.....that's because he loves to come over. Since he's the only child here he can do almost anything he wants to do.
Yesterday he pulled out a bin of memorabilia of his that I've saved since he was a baby, he enjoys looking at it.
He worked on his scrapbook some more again this weekend.
Of course he has to wrestle with grandpa before the day is over.

Jalen kept trying to 'flick' Kev's cheek and Kev was pretty darn good at preventing that from happening. Jalen doesn't cry anymore when grandpa gets the best of him....thankfully grandpa knows when to stop. They have fun....boys need that.
Grandpa took a nap afterward.

Friday afternoon Kev and I went to talk to my new surgeon. I liked her.....I really liked  my other surgeon too...but I need to have the surgery at the facility that can handle any possible problem with my heart. She's tentatively scheduled surgery for Jan 28th. First she wants a bilateral mammogram because it's been almost a year since my previous one and a clip put in the sentinel node. She also wants me to see if I can move up my appointment with the cardiologist who prescribed this defibrillator I am wearing. They all have different specialties. My other cardiologist wants me to spend the night of surgery in ICU....fine with me. I must be pretty special to have TWO cardiologists.....although I am not sure I like being so special. I'm not nervous yet, but I am sure it will come.

That's the latest from me!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


This is a brave post for me.
I'm not sure if it's necessary.
I am coming to terms with some of the things cancer does to a person.
This photo was taken after I had already started loosing my hair, it's pretty thin.

Here I am today.
All summer I wore turbans if anyone was around, even Kev, but finally I got braver and thought 'this is me, take it or leave it'. There are many people who have lost their hair due to chemo treatments. The color in the above photo is my natural color, it used to be darker when I was young, but red hair turns lighter (usually blonder) as a person ages. 
As you can see it is coming back white (hmmm) and I have a naturally forming mohawk (which I will color pink when I am brave enough to go w/o a hat and it's not freezing cold outside). 

Last night at red hats, my silly pose again.

Unfortunately the hair on my legs is coming in faster than anything else....wish my eyelashes would grow that fast. One other gal in our Red Hat group said hers never came'd she get to be so lucky? She never lost all of her hair either. Sandi must have had different chemo than I did. 
There ya go folks....the whole truth and nothin' but the truth.

It's too da** cold to go out (-1) so I am staying in again today. I did go out for Red Hats last night. We just ate and visited but it was a fun night.....maybe b/c I won 2 prizes??? Actually it is not about the things for me, but the friendships. I still have Christmas decorations to put will get done. I am feeling pretty good and am enjoying retirement and some lazy winter days. I can't wait to get this chapter over with!

Kevin and I are seeing my new surgeon on Friday....come back and see what's happening then.
In the mean time - stay warm!!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Update After Today's Doctor Appointment

A person's body is a very complicated, intricate, will planned machine.....everything is connected and affects everything else.
I had an appointment with my cardiologist today and Kev had the day off so he was able to take me. The good news is that my labs are consistent, the doctor said he is pleased....that means I am too. I have been feeling pretty good, although I do move much more slowly than usual. It's easy for me to forget how serious my heart and cancer issues are sometimes. 
The bad news.....I wasn't aware of it, but I also have stage III kidney disease, that's not surprising considering all the meds I am taking.
I have made my decision about where I am having my surgery. It will be at St Luke's in Milwaukee. With all my heart issues I am at high risk for a general  anesthetic and that is the best place for me....if something happens the cardiology team will be right there! At first I thought I'd have it under a local at Green Bay, as originally planned, but I think changing my mind was the right decision. I know it's silly, but I worry about hurting my original surgeon's feelings.....after all, we have developed a relationship and I do like him. Another surgeon has been recommended to me and she has high ratings too. Monday I will make my phone calls and schedule appointments.
One thing that influenced my decision was the fact that Jon (my lifevest alarm) sounded twice in the wee hours of New Years Day. I called ZOLL this afternoon and found out that it was not cardiac related (relief) but caused by movement. Those were my first thoughts when it sounded because I had been scratching my back (moving the sensors) and readjusting my blankets. 
I want to get this surgery over with and get the healing started as soon as I can!
I haven't thought about New Year's resolutions....but I guess that is mine!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

This Is How I Wrap Gifts

I really don't like it when someone picks up a wrapped gift and knows exactly what it is. I like surprises. I never put the gifts under the tree ahead of time. One year I even numbered the gifts instead of putting the kids names on.......Jessica said she hated that idea. 
The grands are getting older and harder to buy gifts gift cards or cash is looking better and better. I still wanted to give them something to open. My 14 year old grandson likes salsa so I got him 2 different kinds to try. I wanted to try something different with the cash so I taped it all together, starting with singles and taped it to one of the jars.

Cole is tall, 6' or darn near that tall.
Hope he enjoys the cash and got all the tape off.

Aluminum cans are another great way to throw the recipient off the track. 
*first you need one with a pop top.....they don't all work though, make sure it does not have a rounded bottom (at least they didn't work for me)
*open the can on the bottom, but do NOT take the bottom totally off and don't bend it too much
*wash can (self evident, but???)
*put gift in can (I had cash and a memory card in the ones I did)
*hot glue the bottom back on (much easier if it not bent too much)
*make sure the recipient opens it from the pop top

What do you think in in these???
The smaller one had 2 bills and a card in it. It was so light and didn't rattle so it felt empty.

Our 11 year old granddaughter is growing up....she wanted mascara for Christmas, mom isn't quite ready for that. She did find some clear mascara for her. did give me an idea.....a sample size mascara.... she was unable to get one. I, on the other hand, was able to get a sample for Ava. How to wrap it? Cut about 3" off the end of an empty wrapping paper roll and wrap like a popper. I had to wrap the mascara with tissue so it didn't rattle around inside the tube. She was really pleased to find the mascara.

 We did have one near mishap when opening gifts. I forget that young children rip open or just grab things out of the bag and we did have to dig through the garbage to find an envelope with gift cards for one little girl. Thank goodness mom spoke up.

Do you have any unique wrapping ideas?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Photos

Let's see if I can do this right tonight.....last night I had my posted almost completed and somehow I deleted it....nothing was saved at all. (insert sad face)
Christmas eve my 10 year old grandson attended church with me, 9 year old Jalen sang with the choir. The last song we always sing is Silent Night by candlelight. As you can see below it's a beautiful way to end the service.

Our Christmas celebrations consisted of several small family gatherings. 
As tradition indicates we spent that evening at my BFF's (with Kev's first wife's family).  Grandson J was delighted to receive a scrapbook and some embellishments to go with it.

Here we are with the story he wrote about me "My Grandmas Is Very Generous". It was an assignment (not that particular title) for school and his teacher let him print a 2nd copy to give to me. He also made an ornament for his mom and me. 
 Jalen's older and younger brothers.

On Christmas Day we had Kevin's 2 children and the grandchildren over. A couple other friends/family stopped over for a bit also.
 The pic is rather dark, but our youngest granddaughter is adorable in her new Elsa baseball cap.

Jalen made his dad a 'name poem' for Christmas. His older brother made dad a coupon book. What parent doesn't like a homemade, personalized gift??? 

Grandpa helping the boys with the Nerf guns.

The boys pose for a photo before continuing their Nerf war. The boy in the red shirt is not our grandson, the other 3 are brothers.

Playing Legos before they open gifts. MOST of the kids like Legos.

Jalen and his 4 year old brother have crushes on our 11 year old granddaughter. Ava is precious!!! ....motivated....trustworthy....hardworking....
She and her younger sister always donate their long, blond locks to worthy causes when they get it cut.

Another blond haired beauty.
She got new pjs and put them on before they left.

On Friday we had very mild weather and Kevin went golfing with his buddies.
Saturday I met my DIL and granddaughter at Texas Roadhouse in Appleton. My grandson was unable to come along because he was sick. I did a teeny bit of shopping, nothing from the Christmas sale aisles though.
My daughter and her family came over on Sunday. Eastin and his 3 boys were here also. Both days we had only a few people here and had a simple lunch, but it was very nice. My daughter even made low sodium chowder and rolls for me.... not bad!
I really hope that next year I can get EVERYONE together.
Monday I had to have my weekly blood test for the warafin that I take and I decided it was a good day to make some returns. I also stopped at 3 thrift stores.....didn't find much.....I don't think I've been in much of a shopping mood lately. I'm fine with that. 
My plan for today was to stay home and clean up. Well.....I slept in (can't fall asleep at a decent hour), then I talked on the phone for a long time, after that another friend stopped over to visit. It was about 2:30 when I started to pick up a few things in the living room. There's always tomorrow, right???

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday Musings

It's almost Christmas and it doesn't seem like it to me.....probably b/c I didn't do much decorating or many other preparations. We do have a small tree up and I put up the Christmas cards. The floor under the tree is not covered with gifts, nor will it be. I did buy 1 or 2 small gifts for the grandchildren but nothing for the adults. Everybody is cutting back so I will too.....that and the fact that I didn't feel good most of the fall and stayed home.
Friday I went to one of my granddaughter's Christmas concert, the last one for me this season. Love seeing the children sing! I met my daughter and the other grandma for lunch. We had a nice visit, I seldom get to visit with Bev.
I was about 1/2 to my destination and I realized that I had not changed the battery in my life-vest (it is supposed to be changed once a day at the same time, I chose mornings) and I was not sure how long the battery would last. I knew it would be good for a while.....but until I got home? I figured that I went several months w/o one so a few hours would be OK.....hopefully. It was after 6pm when I got home and it was still going strong-32 hours later.

Claire is the girl in the red dress with the 'furry' headband and toothless smile. She was sure to smile every time we aimed the camera at her. I wish I would have taken a photo when they all were waving their snow flakes in the air, all the classes from kindergarten to grade 4. The gym floor was filled with chairs and the one side of the bleachers (reserved for guests) was filled too. They have a morning performance and afternoon.....good turn outs every time.

On the way home I stopped in Appleton at Target and hoped to finish my shopping...didn't happen. I did learn that if I am going to be gone during meal time that I should bring some kind of low sodium snack.....I can't just stop at a fast food place and get a bite. Monday I have a doctor appointment and will finish shopping then.
When I got home I found grandson J watching TV, he's staying all weekend. It's nice to have a 9 year old, he got up by himself and came downstairs.....and came up later to wake me up....but he forgot it was saturday I could have slept in big deal. We had a very lazy morning and didn't get dressed until about noon. After lunch we went downstairs so he could make a Christmas card. I should have continued cleaning up down there (I did a little earlier in the week) but I just sat and visited with him.I don't think I will get much done this weekend, what else is new???
Jon (my life vest) has been quiet, not  a peep out of him. I'm happy! I am surviving carrying it around  all day and sleeping with it on.
Can you believe Christmas is next week? Jalen let out a "WHOOPEE" when he learned today was the 20th. I'll do a little shopping and a little cleaning and what happens happens. Christmas Eve I will go to church and then to my bffs, Christmas day Kevin's kids and the grands will be here. Either Saturday or Sunday my daughter and her family are coming. The week will go fast.
Have a great one!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Personal EMT - Jon

I never do 2 posts in one day but I had the early one scheduled and it went out before I could change it. I wanted to get this one out so bear with me....OK?
Today I am going to introduce you to Jon, he's my very own, personal EMT who could save my life. Scary, eh??? If I stop to think about it it is.
I heard about Jon on Wednesday and he came over that evening.....and we've been together ever since. We are very close, I keep him next to my heart, he's a cuddler and hugged me all night long. He's not allowed to shower with me though!!! Kevin is very understanding and doesn't even mind. Jon's been very quiet and I hope he stays that way! Wanna see a picture of us? Sorry, I can't show you one of us, but I can show you what he looks like:
front view

Below is the back. There are 3, cell phone size, pieces in it. Two are in the back (the silver parts) and one horizontally in the front. It goes on under my you know why you don't WANT to see a photo of us!!!! I can wear the 'brains' (square battery pack) clipped onto my pants or around my neck like a small purse. 
Guess I won't be wearing my body hugging, sexy, little black dress tonight.......especially since I don't own one. 
This is a life vest. It's a wearable defibrillator is a treatment option for sudden cardiac arrest. Yup, it's what the doctor recommended I wear for at least a month, the Holter monitor showed that I had 'quite a few irregular heartbeats'. 
I slept OK with it on last night and it's not too cumbersome, although I'm glad not to be wearing it during the hot, sticky summer. You do what you gotta do, right???
I actually feel quite good and have been told I look how can I be in such bad shape?
Now I have to find out how this affects my surgery....... oy vey.

Thoughts On Thursday

Don't send your husband to the grocery store with a list written specifically for YOURSELF.....especially if you use 'shorthand' because you know what you want or he may bring home:
*the heaviest olive oil on the market
*shredded Swiss cheese instead of sliced. How is that going to work on a sandwich?
*margarine instead of butter
*low fat sour cream.....although you need low sodium foods
*fruit roll ups instead of fruit snacks (which is what was clearly written down, roll ups have more sodium)

If he does bring those items home just say "That's fine, it'll work.".....that is if you want to save your marriage and will ever ask him to go to the grocery store again. Just rewrite your list and save it for the next time YOU go shopping!!!

I wanted to share this advice from something that might have happened to me this past week.
Do you have any advice to share?

Remember that I said I wore a Holter heart monitor last week? Well, they called me yesterday and said I have "quite a few irregular heartbeats" that is what causes me to be dizzy/light headed sometimes. So......I need to see that specialist soon!
It's always something. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

School Concert

Yesterday I attended my grandsons concert......finally got to one. Two of the other grands have theirs at night and I don't care to drive for 1-1/2 hours in the evening....probably I missed those. 
I love these concerts!
The pics below of are the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade choir. 

Choir is an extracurricular activity so these children WANT to sing. Grandson J is in the front row - Santa hat and red striped tie. He LOVES to sing and is so serious about it, and does constantly, drives me nuts.....but I can take it b/c he is only here on the weekend. He was heartbroken when he didn't get a solo part. He is not into sports so I really encourage his singing.
His brother is on the left in the blue shirt and b/w striped tie.

Our surprise, at the end of the concert, was the teachers and staff singing "the 12 days of school".
It was sooooo cute.........
"on the 1st day of school a student said to me 'I lost my mittens', on the 2nd day of school a student said to me 'I'm gonna tell', ......'is the test today?', 'we did that last year', 'he was talking too'."..... and so forth.  We all loved it. 

Friday I have to get up EARLY to get to my granddaughter's concert......nearly a 2 hour drive....oh, why did I say I'd attend the morning program???? Afterward I'm having lunch with my daughter and the other grandma. I can't wait and I think the weather will cooperate too.

Last night was our book club's Christmas party at one of the gal's home. Everyone brings something. Oooooh, such good (and salty) appetizers. Yes, I had a little of everything. (There were no veggies or fruit and woman can not live on sweets alone.) We talked about a lot of stuff, even the book. Before we left our hostess pulled out a paper grocery bag and started filling it up.....with boxes of cookies....everyone who was there baked cookies for me.
Thanks so much ladies!!!!!
Merry Christmas!
God Bless!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Test Results And My Dilema

It was brought to my attention that some of you are waiting to hear the results of my MRIs. I wasn't worried and didn't hear for 2 days so didn't even think about it. Thankfully I was right this time, both were negative :-). All is good. No more explanation will be given.
On the way home from the cardiologist last week my surgeon called me and he had 3 options (for surgery) for me.
1. Wait 3 months to see what another ECHO says about my heart. Will the tumor grow? spread?
2. Have the tumor and one lymph node removed under a local anesthetic with light sedation, at the hospital 40 minutes away. It's a good hospital, just not as big and specialized as St Luke's. If the node is positive I will have to have surgery later (under general anesthesia) to remove more lymph nodes.
3. Have the whole surgery done under general anesthesia, at St Lukes. Because of my heart I am at a higher risk and that hospital has specialists there and I'd be in good hands.
The oncologist and surgeon don't want to wait. 
Hubby says "It's your body."
My friends have given me their opinions. A blogger friend, Lois, has given me hers (from past experience).

Pray I make the right decision.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Doctors, Tests, Food, and Friends

It seems like I can't get through a week without a doctor appointment or a test. ***sigh*** 
I'm thankful that medicine has advanced so much that I am able to take advantage of the many tests available to help figure out my condition and therefore get me back on the road to recovery. Sometimes it's something as simple as a finger stick to check my blood for clotting time and then just 'visiting' with my oncologist. We've become friends.
Earlier this week I had 2 MRIs, one on my lower back and one on my brain. I am not claustrophobic but I still don't care for it. I was able to listen to music while the test was in progress and that helped GREATLY. Every now and then the techs talked to me and I like that. 
Yesterday I had an appointment with my cardiologist in Milwaukee (roughly 2 hours away). My good friend drove......I would NEVER go alone and with my drop foot I don't trust myself to drive in traffic. We left early, therefore arrived big deal. I had blood drawn (used to that) and then saw the NP and doctor. I am loosing water weight and can walk further than I did the last time I was there. We discussed my surgery........I am at a higher risk so it's something to think about. He adjusted my meds and also prescribed a Holter heart monitor for me. I have to wear it for 48 hours and then return it to the hospital. Ahhhh....  I need an hour appointment to get it......I said it has to be now b/c I can not just come back any ol' day. They got me right in. ***smile*** 
The nurse explained it to me and proceeded to stick the wires on. I'm not quite sure how/why the conversation started but I told her I had congestive heart failure from chemo. Lo and behold, so does Jill. She is a breast cancer survivor! Jill explained how her dog found it..,.,sniffed it out and pawed the exact location (it hurt like heck). She scolded the dog for hurting her and just let it go. But finally a good friend found out and made sure she got a mammogram and ultrasound. She told me her story and we exchanged our side effect stories, I cried, we hugged, and she gave me her #. We knew exactly what the other was talking about. I am so glad God put her in that hospital yesterday! I was still crying when she returned me to Carolee in the waiting room. She ALWAYS brings a project or 2 along to work on so is happy to get something accomplished.
Finally, after spending an extra hour at the hospital, we were ready to do some shopping. I think it was about 2 and we were hungry. We stopped at a restaurant that Carolee had eaten at before, it's nice and on the expensive side.....but hey, I live in a very small town so most places seem expensive to me. I found something with relatively low sodium (sauce on the side is my new catch phrase) and a high price.....but I haven't been out in a while so....... After that we stopped at Trader Joe's, I've never been there and didn't know what to expect. I guess I thought it would be more like a World Market, but it is a grocery store. The employee who helped us find low sodium foods was so sweet and helpful. Next we went to a coop and found a few things there. I was looking for low sodium snacks for myself and for food that I can cook for dinner. I have a start now. I'll try some things and if Kev likes it - great! If not he may have to add salt or I'll just eat it myself. I could have spend more time looking at everything (there is not a specific section for low sodium) and reading labels but we wanted to get back so Carolee could make it to the event she had on her calender that evening. She's a busy lady.
I was hungry when I got home so I had to try some of my new snacks.....yummy!
So today is a new day and I have things to do.
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Weekend!!!