Laura's Life Day by Day
These are the things that go on in Laura's life. Thoughts, emotions, concerns, and just day to day living in Laura's world.
- Name: Laura
- Location: Roseville, Michigan, United States
I've been married for thirty years now. I have three grown children and five grandchildren, and another due in November. My boys are both married and my youngest, my only daughter still lives at home. I work at an assisted living place taking care of elderly residents.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
The tests are in!!!
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Just a physical please
My brother wanted me to get my cholesterol checked because his was high even though he's not overweight and he's very active. My best friend, Betty keeps harping on me about a pap test and a mamogram, and Sammy at work says I should go to the doctor about this dull pushing pain that I've been experiencing for the past few months in my chest. I think I just hurt myself from putting on one of my very large resident's compression boots every day. Also everytime I go to the doctor with bronchitis, he always tells me to set up an appointment for a breathing test when I'm feeling better . . . which of course, I never do. So I make the appointment at the doctor's office. They tell me I have to fast for 14 hours to get a proper reading on my cholesterol test. This sucks bigtime!!! However, I'm a good girl and I starve myself for the 14 hours before my appointment and I go into the office feeling hungry, but good. I get weighed, get into the room and the nurse asks me what I'm there for. I tell her, just for a physical. Then she asks me a ton of questions such as. . . when was your last period, when was your last pap test, last mamogram. She gasps when I tell her the last time I got a pap test or a mamogram was when my Sheila was 9 years old. Then I tell her about my brothers cholesterol levels being why I wanted mine checked and about the dull pain in my chest. She doesn't seem too concerned, takes my blood pressure, which is a little on the high side, tells me to pee in a cup she hands me and leaves the room. I go to the bathroom, pee in the cup, then go back to exam room where the nurse is waiting for me with one of those stupid tie up hospital type gowns. She tells me to take everything off and put the robe on and that the doctor will be with me shortly. Which I do, no problem.
Then the trouble starts. The doctor comes in with this very concerned look on his face and starts with "lets start at the begginning." He asks why after all these years did I decide to come in for a pap test now? Asks if there was anything wrong that caused this decision to be made. He smirked when I told him no, but while I was getting examed I might as well get one of those tests too so my best friend would get off my back about it every time I see her.
Then he starts in with my brother's cholesterol problem, asks about different diseases that family members have. He becomes very interested about my dad's valve replacement surgery and the fact that gestational heart defects run on his side of the family and that my dad found out when they did surgery on him that he was born missing one of his heart valves, which was probably the reason for him having an enlarged heart since he was about 40. The doctor writes stuff down then leaves the room. OK, now I'm getting really nervous.
The nurse comes back in to get me ready for the pap test. The doctor comes back in and does the test. Both the doctor and the nurse are commenting on the funny look I have on my face while this procedure is taking place. I respond by saying, Why do you think its been so long since I had one of these done? I hate these things. The doctor laughs and says, " I'd be worried about you if you said you liked it." Then he tells me about the breathing test that the nurse is going to do and tells me that she is going to take my blood. He leaves the room again.
The nurse gets my blood, and then brings out this little machine that I'm suppose to breath into as hard, but steady, as I can for as long as I can. I take a deep breath when she tells me, then I blow into this little thing. Meanwhile she is saying to me, "that's it, keep going, keep going." After the first time she makes me do this, I'm feeling dizzy. So she makes me do it 2 more times. Then I have to get a couple of chest x-rays. After that, she brings me back into the exam room, does an EKG on me and tells me the doctor will be in to talk to me shortly. Then she leaves the room. I sit there waiting for the doctor.
The doctor comes back in a short time later. He tells me that my pap test is negative and I'm thinking, well that's good. Then he tells me that he wants to set up a couple of heart tests for me. A stress test and a echocardiagram (he tells me this is an ultrasound of the heart) and also a doppler test, which I have no idea what this is. Then he tells me about the mamogram he wants to set up, which doesn't bother me at all. Then he lays on me that my breathing test results say I have moderate emphysema. He procedes to tell me that the test compares my results to that of a non smoking female. He says I have the lung funtion of a 120 year old non smoking female!!! So I say, What are you trying to tell me? That my lungs are dead or something? He says that he's not going to do anything about the lung thing until my heart test results come back. Then he wants to see me again to discuss the heart tests. He says that my lung funtion could be caused by a heart problem and he wants to rule that out first before he deals with the emphysema. I leave the office feeling scared and yes, still hungry. The next day when I get home from work, there is a message on my answering machine from the doctors office wanting me to call. I'm thinking, What now? More bad news or what? So I call the office and the receptionist tells me that my blood results came back and my cholesterol and my tryglisoride levels are too high. I think, wonderful. So now on the 30th of this month, I have to go get these tests done, then set up an appointment to see Dr. Doom and Gloom about a week later. All I keep thinking is that I hope all this stuff gets done before they switch my insurance provider at work. And all I wanted to get was a physical. Well, at least I have a normal pap test and the lung x-rays didn't show any signs of lung cancer. Thank God for small favors.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
Where did it all go?
Saturday, March 31, 2007
A poem for our anniversary
This Sunday my husband and I are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. Now I'm not much of a poet. As a matter of fact, I have only written 2 poems in my lifetime. One when my son's best friend died and this one which I wrote for my husband. So in honor of our anniversary, I am sharing this poem with all of you. It's short and mushy, but just bare with me.
My Husband, My Life
We've been together for many years,
With you I shared my hopes and fears.
You've seen me through good times and bad,
You gave me comfort when I was sad.
You made me laugh, filled my heart with joy.
You gave me a girl and two little boys.
I'd look at them and I'd see you,
In the little things they'd say and do.
And now they're grown, It's just us again,
I'll love you forever, Your my best friend.
And when we're old and our time is through,
I'll thank the Lord for a husband like you.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Gosh, it seems like forever since I've wrote on this blog. I don't know why I stopped for so long. I just didn't feel like doing much of anything. Just been working, cleaning house and watching grandkids and not much else lately. This Sunday coming up my husband and I will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary! Boy, how the time flys by. It seems like just yesterday all our kids were little, now they're all grown up and we have 5 grandchildren. I have been truely blessed.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Sick, Sick, Sick
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Let it snow!!!
Thank God I have tomorrow off of work!!! All this snow is coming down, the winds are blowing and it's not fit for man nor beast to be outside. I am so glad that I don't have to worry about driving in it tomorrow morning. They say we will have about 6 to 8 inches of the white stuff before morning. I've already been out to shovel twice, and it's still coming down hard. I can't wait until spring arrives. I'm sick and tired of the cold weather. And poor Taco!!! By morning the snow will be higher than he is tall. The poor puppy gives me those sad puppydog eyes everytime I take him out to go to the bathroom. He looks to me as if to say what did I ever do to you to deserve this kind of treatment?