You know it’s been too long since you’ve updated your blog when you have to double check your login AND password. Gads. The last four months of 2018 were a mix of joy and hell. So get comfy, grab a cup of tea and read on.
September. There was a lot of clearing out at my mom’s house. Lots of plants to move, things to sort and worse yet, issues on where to put stuff at our house. I swear every cupboard is overflowing. Then there was Fall Crown Tourney. Wow! What a marathon. I had 6 people to help with the prep. We did a Middle Eastern feast. It went very well, and about the only thing I would do is pre-cook the kabobs next time. Oh, and I did the whole thing hobbling, because I was having foot issues. (more on this later)
Next up was the death of my computer. 😦 I wore my Dell laptop out. Dan gave me a stop gap computer. We got a new car as well. A new to us car. 🙂 Then I got sick. Due to a disagreement with a podiatrist, I got an infection and lost 2/3rds of my left big toe. (on my mom’s birthday) I got out of hospital just in time for the first of the big concerts for the Celtic Music Fest. It was grand this year. I got to meet Moya Brennan of Clannad. ahhhhhh!
We got a new washer and dryer, as we’d been using Mom’s for the last few years. Wow! How they have changed. It’s a front loader. We ended the month with a visit from my sister-in-law Judy and her sweetie.
October. We started out the month with a lovely visit with my son Stefan. I also got to see Raven and Talon, Bryan’s kids. I’d seen Kouei last month. We had lots of Arts & Sciences nights (SCA) and mid month we had a fundraiser/SCA event. Small, but very nice.
I also changed podiatrists after more arguments over care of my toe. The new one is a dream and we spent a lot of time on the road to Denver, but is is so worth it. I’m getting use to counting to 9 & 1/3. I have no trouble walking, and life goes on.
I also lost the ‘new’ computer. It just couldn’t keep up with me. 😦 So, iteration 2 came online. We started getting snow, so I harvested the last of the herbs out of the garden. Oh it smelled lovely as they dried. The fun of having lost weight hit as I dug out the winter clothes. New wardrobe time. Have I mentioned I hate shopping? I ended up with 4 big bags that went to the ARC. Another reason for the new clothes was a CASB event. All my dress clothes simply hung on me. So, new stuff, including a coat!
I also went down to St. Golias for Queen’s Prize, an SCA event held this year in Sorroco N.M. It was a great couple of days. We ended the month with a cold, snowy Halloween! Brrrr!
November. I got my own server and UPS for my yet again New computer. This one should survive my power user habits. 🙂 I had to re-arrange my desk a bit, but that’s okay. I had to work on the mess that is my studio as well. I celebrated my 59th birthday and went out to dinner. 🙂
We did a bunch of yard work, fixed the chimney issue and worked on sorting more stuff with my sister. I marvel at how much stuff my mom had in that little house!
Thanksgiving week was busy. Lots of test cooking for an SCA feast, Tday with two more people in the house and a party with our SCA household. The event, Harvest Fest went well. I got an award, The Aarquelle Sun and Mountain, for my artistic talents. I cooked the feast and in general, had a great time. I even finished the 14th Century gown that I’d been taking in like a madwoman!
November 28th, our SCA family lost a man who’d been king, a great fighter, dad and all round human being. Jarl Leif will be missed.
December. Hell month. We had to work the day of Lief’s funeral. Then a quick turnaround as I had the big CASB Annual Conference. Everything was more difficult, as one car was down and Dan was feeling ill. Ill enough that he stayed home from work.
Tuesday, he still felt bad and we went to the emergency room, as he was worried he was having a heart attack. The local hospital treated him like it was too, but things didn’t add up. so, as he was an “atypical cardiac patient” they sent him to Memorial in Colorado Springs by ambulance. I went home, packed all my stuff for the conference which was in the same city and then headed north. Dan was on the cardiac ward when I got there. Feeling okay, but not good. They let him eat, gave him heparin, and then things got weird. First off, he was having twitches. Really bad ones. We were told that wasn’t anything to do with the meds they were giving him. Then we decided to sleep. I was in the room with him. About 20 minutes later, he woke up, and called the nurse saying he felt dizzy, cold and clammy. While they checked him out, he coded. They thumped him in the chest and that brought him back. Up to ICU we went, as he was “Atypical”.
When I finally got into the ICU room with him, things had changed a little. While they were giving him a check up, and more blood thinners, there was another small near-code. The doctor was concerned, and asked Dan if he had had any other symptoms. Yes, Dan explained that he’d had tarry stools, but they didn’t look bloody. He got no farther when the doctor grabbed and pinched off the IV. Dan had been bleeding internally, and all the heparin and the nitroglycerin before had been making him worse! (yeah…. like a heart attack) So, 23 liters of saline and 2 whole units of blood later, he was feeling much better. He was taken out of ICU and put on the cardiac ward.
I went to my hotel, slept and went to the first day of the CASB event, because there was nothing I could do at the hospital while Dan awaited an upper GI test. he knows me well enough that he knew I’d be more of a mess at the hospital, than if I was somewhere and being ‘on task’.
Over the next few days, while I was at CASB as much as I could cope, Dan had lots of tests. The upper GI showed that he had a massive H-Pylori infection. Lots of scar tissue, and the GI doctor was amazed that he was in as good a condition as he was. As there had been a misdiagnosis, they also checked his heart. They found he has a genetic thickening of the lower left part of his heart, and an artery that is 99% clogged. They couldn’t do anything about it until the stomach was healed though, as a stent would require 6 to 12 months of blood thinners. The CASB Board and all of my friends kept me glued together. We didn’t mention it on Facebook at all. Not with Leif just dying and most of Dan’s friends being SCAers.
After we got home, Dan took it easy and we got ready for Yule. Madison came home from the Army and was here for two weeks. We had our big SCA Yoolis party, hauled firewood, saw Aquaman, Mary Poppins Returns and one other movie. December 29th, our newest grandchild arrived a month early. John David Thomas. We got to go visit him and his parents, Daniel and Brenna. We celebrated New Year’s with some quiet time and a final appliance casualty. Our fridge died. 😦
January. A new fridge, a new keyboard and back to our usual craziness. We built a compost bin in the back yard and did a bit of roofing work. I’ve learned to use a nail gun and a reciprocating saw. We built a four section raised bed that will be a cold frame eventually too. We have spent lots of time on the road with various doctor’s appointments. The local cardiologist reminds us of Lurch from the Adam’s Family and inspires no confidence. Neither does the local physician’s assistant we see. sigh.
On one of the trips, we stopped at IKEA, and I got velvet curtains and a rod for the front door. No more drafts! 🙂 We’ve been doing a lot of little house repair/cleanup jobs too. When the weather has been bad, I’ve been working in the studio making spoons, repairing things and sewing. I have this baby quilt to make…
January 19th was Viking Vinter Vunderland with SNOW this year! It was a lovely time up at Pueblo Mountain Park. I got my Flower of the Outlands from Queen Slaine. 🙂
We’ve had lots of interesting weather over the last couple of months. Snow, ice, wind… I had a doctor’s appointment on the 29th. It had snowed the day before and I knew the roads were icy. I did my best to drive safely, but black ice doesn’t care. I slid off the road. Neither the truck or I were hurt, just shaken up. I even made it to my appointment with 2 minutes to spare. But…. Damn that was scary! We ended the month with a trip to Denver to see my podiatrist and our daughter Morgan. It was a good day.
February. First weekend was the big CASB Board of Director’s retreat up in Florissant. Dan drove me up as I was still a bit shaky about driving. It was a good weekend, and Dan picked me up afterwards. He’d been fighting a sinus cold, and I came down with it too. Ugh. It took a week to get over.
We had another visit with Lurch the cardiac doctor. He’s still amazed that Dan breathes…. Gahhh! It was a bleeding ulcer, not a heart attack! Oh, and we saw the GI doctor yesterday. He gave Dan the all clear to get the stent done! Now to get that scheduled!
More later! I’ve a baby quilt to finish!