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Thursday, May 21, 2015


Quick Note

Quick Note

Aahh, all in all I’m ready for June.  May has seen us grow weary of viruses, infections and pain. 

For the younger Nadels-they’ve been passing around a horrible stomach virus/flu that has been painful as well as messy. 

I’m finally breathing better but it didn’t come without cost to my delicate spinal cord.  My physical therapist had me do just a bit of stretches to help open my lungs and “hopefully help the wheezing” and then he worked on my very sore neck/shoulder/arm hurting from all the sneezing and coughing.

Then there’s our poor little itty-bitty Lucky.  Whatever she did had us giving her both her doggy version of NSAIDs and muscle relaxants.  Trying to guess what she wants has been rather frustrating for both of us!  She “tells” me to hold her and then yaps at me not to touch her-rather like a sick baby who wants to be held and left alone at the same time.

Our angelic vet thankfully ruled out most of what we had been having nightmares about and decided that she pulled something in her back and we needed to keep letting her rest and TRY keeping her from doing her Jack Russell imitation.

At least the weather here in AZ has been much cooler than normal-we’ve only hit our customary triple digit once! 


And with this update written I wish you all a healthy, safe and hopefully peaceful Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Sick=No Cooking

Being sick means the meals around here are nothing to write (home) about:

Friday, May 15, 2015


Doing Nothing Half Way

Nothing ½ Way

My motto has always been:  Anything you do, give it 100%.

I’m thinking Lucky and I took this a bit too seriously this past week.

It all started about a week and a half ago.  My allergies seemed to be subsiding so I stopped the daily dose of Zyrtec.  At that same point, Lucky began yelping at intermittent times when touched at various points in her tiny little body.

Both of us just kept up our routine of walking.  However I did have to carry her home on a couple of our strolls.  I realized that my “lack” of allergy symptoms was in my head.  My eyes started tearing, my face was stuffed and hurting and the post nasal drip had made my throat sore and itchy-causing a lot of coughing.

Lucky and I kept on ignoring the signals our bodies were sending to us.  She wanted to be cuddled but not touched.  I thought ignoring the obvious and re-start the allergy meds would be enough.

Well we were WRONG.  Monday morning our wonderful Dr. Young was booked but had me drop off Lucky so she could examine her between appointments to see what was up.  3 hours after I left her in the most capable of hands-our vet said that her ears and teeth weren’t the problem but her feeling was that she had pulled a muscle in her back leg.

She had been playing ball with the kids and she did play with my parents Chihuahua all week so we supposing that somewhere along the line the damage was done.

Picked her up and was told to give her some anti-inflammatory meds for a few days.  If it worked, great!  If not then she’d recommend an x-ray to be sure that there wasn’t something more serious going on with her hip.

At the same time, I was almost ready to call UNCLE and take myself into Immediate Care.  The coughing was doing nothing positive for my cervical bulging discs.  Okay-my neck is KILLING ME!  Yet, I held off another day. 

By Tuesday morning I felt like a bus had run over me (and who would know better how this would feel?).  I went in to be seen.  Guess what?  The immediate care doctor was sick.  Wound up being an okay thing.  They put me into my GP’s line up.

He looked at me and told me I did have severe allergies but I also had: bronchitis and a sinus infection.

Put me on an anti-biotic, a prescription nasal spray, told me to go back to taking the Zyrtec (something I had already done 3 days before), take sinus/cold/cough during the day and Benadryl at night, take a lot of Vitamin C, continue my constant intake of water and rest.

Got home with my bag of relief and called the nice woman I was supposed to interview and through my coughing I re-scheduled our chat for next week.

Lucky hasn’t been quite so “lucky”.  Poor dear is still not doing so well.  She is now on some meds because the pain brought up her tendancy to have nervous colitis.  To say we’re worried would be an understatement. 

At the end of it all, I realized that I lived up to my motto-never do anything ½ way. 

I need to change my motto.

Saturday, May 09, 2015


Missing her Boys

Lucky 's in the boys room cuddling up in their bean bag

Friday, May 08, 2015


One Week, Lots of Changes

One Week, Numerous Changes


I’m talking weather and life in general.  We were supposed to break the triple digits for most of this past week.  Not good news, since my parents were coming to visit along with my sister and niece.


My parents are not lovers of high heat situations.  Can’t say as I blame them, they’re in their mid-80’s now and their health isn’t the best so it was a blessing that we only reached the upper 80’s.


We did have some pretty loud and wet storms.  Lightening, thunder and lots of rain-all of which made my parents believe coats were needed.  Now all the rain happened during sleeping hours, but the fact that it rained meant that you should “bundle up”.


Our niece, who usually lives in Santa Barbara (a beach community), was having quite the time with her allergies.  Poor young lady coughed so hard she pulled a muscle across her ribs. 


Evidently the yellow-flowered trees that have plagued all of us the last few months weren’t her favorites either. 


Besides the weather, household dynamics were at times a bit of an issue.  My parents also are parents to a Chihuahua.  Cisco is a sweetheart.  He wanted to play with Pepper and Lucky.  Pepper wanted no part of any dog but his own (and he even tried to eat her one morning!) and it took Lucky almost 2 days to stop barking at Cisco!


It’s not that she didn’t like him, it’s just that our little one is, well okay I’ll say it, one pampered baby who likes dogs when it’s her idea.  In other words, you can smell me as long as it’s my idea.  Don’t come near my lady parts otherwise.

I can’t blame her.  About day 2 she did decide that she liked it when Cisco licked her face.  That was okay and even looked forward to having it happen.

What can I say?

Besides the weather, the pets and the allergies, we were also trying very hard to make sure everyone’s dietary restrictions and desires were all met.

I went with making 2 of 4 dinners.  Not only was it easier to use the “buffet” table method but it was a lot better for the 3 kids.  One breakfast we ate at home.  

As our Cali family took off for home I sincerely hoped that they had a good time.  My parents move very slowly and tire easily, my sister had to wear a “boot” due to a foot injury, and we had an age range from 21 months up to 86 years.  We did do a bit of shopping at our outlet mall and one other upscale outdoor shopping area and we did a yogurt run as well.  The rest of the time we spent talking.


While here our niece (Miss Bel Air) made a visit to Dylan’s classroom to show them the book of “Flat Stanley” that all the kids had asked relatives to make.  Dylan requested that she wear her sash and tiara.  Morgan, who does charity work on behalf of domestic violence and bullying talked to the class about the subject.

The next night was Aidan’s Chinese Naming ceremony-this time he had the biggest fan club-12 people were there to watch Dylan bestow it to his younger brother.  He was thrilled.

The visit went quickly.  Before I knew it, they were in their car and crossing the desert and I was left with a desk full of work to catch up on and getting ready to pick up my older grandsons.  Life was back to normal once again.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015


From Immigrant to Chiropractor

Check out a very inspiring lady in my May article in the Senior Reporter on pages 3/4:

Saturday, May 02, 2015


Keeping everyone safe and satisfied

Yeah!  Our family's visiting!  BUT we have numerous dietary needs to consider to the strictest of degrees:

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