Thursday, May 21, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: