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So, Annette, what have you been doing for 11 days?

Monday, December 1, 2008
I was really surprised to see how long it has been since I dropped in to post "what's happening" in Omaha! I have LOTS of excuses! So, are you ready?

1. Well, I was having some PH related problems for a few days. So, I increased my Flolan which helped with the PH related problems, but increased the side effects. But, that all leveled off and I'm doing much better....except that I went out to run a couple of quick errands today and it was so stinking cold and windy that I had to come home and take some extra Darvon and increase the pump for a while....no bible study for me tonight...unless I can figure out how to go and keep my lungs at home...I'll have to work on solving that little problem....

2. We've been having some serious DOG problems! Haver and Asa have continued their "pissing" contest (figuratively, not literally) about who is the alpha dog. They've finally figured out that I'M the alpha dog (no comments about what that makes me...you know, a b*&%@, because believe you me, I have lived up to that title with their behavior!). I've talked to the vet, the behaviorist, and lots of people with experience and NOTHING HAS WORKED! So, we've finally decided to stay out of it and let them work it out. They seem to actually be doing better! They have no problem outside and they are now starting to stay in different rooms when they are inside. Sounds like a plan to me!

3. I needed to get thank-you's written to all of the fabulous people who donated money to our 3rd Annual Phenomenal Hope for a Cure fundraiser and who were not able to come to the event. There were over 50 kind people who I wrote to.

4. I needed to finish reading my book club book because we are meeting this week to discuss it. This month we read "Three Cups of Tea, One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

What an incredible, incredible book! It's kind of a long one and there's lots of names that are hard to pronounce, but it's really worth the time (plus, you can just do what I do when I come to a name like Syed Abbas or Twaha or Saidullah Baig or, my personal favorite...Mohammad Ali Changazi....I just substituted "Bob" for their name). The book will give you hope and help you realize that one person can make a difference in the life of a child, or, in Greg Mortenson's case, how one person can make a difference in the lives of thousands of children!

5. Rod had a colonoscopy on Wednesday. Yes, I asked him if he was OK with me mentioning this piece of information in my blog. He said, "Sure, everyone should have one when they turn 50, just remind everyone of that!" So, you have been reminded, although he's 52...oh well, better late than never! Anyway, he did just fine and everything is normal. But, I had to be the "adult" because he was all doped up for the rest of the afternoon and early evening.

6. Chris flew home with his dog, Deeoge on Wednesday night. Rod was back to his "normal" self by the time Chris' flight came in, around 9:30 pm, so he drove us out to the airport to get both of the "guys!"



He's such a smart alec! He refused to give me a "normal" smile! Of course, when you read number 8, you'll see there was probably a reason for him not to smile...
Do you see my oxygen concentrator behind him? It's kind of like "Where's Waldo!)

7. Please reread number 2 and add one more dog into the mix...now close your eyes and imagine what might have happened....no...add more growling....add a little bit of blood...OK, now you've got it! It's times like that, that I wished I drank.

8. Chris woke up Saturday morning and said, "I'm ridiculously sick!" He had an infected tooth that caused his tonsils to swell up so much that they were touching! He was miserable! Between Rod, Nick, a doctor friend of Nick and our wonderful, wonderful dentist who came into the office on a Saturday afternoon, we got Chris all of the meds and attention he needed. He's starting to feel better, but he was absolutely miserable! It was very hard to put him and Deeoge back on that plane to Chicago on Sunday.

Well, I think that's about it. I have some pictures and a couple of cute little stories to share, but I'll do that later. If you are still reading, you are a very kind friend, or, you need to get a hobby! This was a very long post! Sorry!

Thanks for reading.
Annette

13 comments to So, Annette, what have you been doing for 11 days?:

Nancy said...

Okay, you are excused. I heard many, many excuses in
my 33 years of teaching, and I believe yours are valid.

I can relate to Chris' tooth problem. Several years ago, my brother-in-law was at my house at Christmas, and he was one sick puppy with an infected tooth. I had to call in a lot of favors to get him some medication until a dentist could see him since my dentist was gone for the week. It is an experience that I do not care to relive.

paula54 said...

As a favorite phriend of mine would say "Well CRAP!" Hope Chris is feeling better. What a way to spend Thanksgiving!My son, Troy's dog, Zeke likes to eat couches/ He's on number 4 I think. Luckily they have all been cast offs from friends. When will he grow up? (I mean the puppy, not Troy!)

Colleen said...

I enjoy your posts!! Yes, I've missed them! I laughed out loud when I read how you replace "Bob" for those names you can't pronounce! LOL! I hope Chris' tooth will get better soon. Poor guy! And I also hope your furry boys will continue to behave themselves!!

Hugs,
Colleen :)

Jen said...

There you are..Ok..now I see you are busy:))Superwoman as always:)

I am happy Rod's colonoscopy went well and normal:))Hope Chris is on the mend...tooth pain is horrible!!
Now those big bad boys..well hope they cool it soon!!

Take care and keep those lungs out of that cold..LOl

Hugs,
Jen

Di said...

Dear Annette,
Only YOU could make a person HOWL reading all those situations you have been dealing with these past several days. I hope things are much better with the Markin family. What a crazy few days you have had.
Can't wait to discuss our great book! Wow, what a powerful book. hugs, di

TW(Terry) said...

I don't guess I know anybody that is as busy as you always are. I'm glad you found time to blog though, I really enjoy them. Slow down a lil though and enjoy.

Hugz

TW(Terry)

Teddybear said...

Annette I love reading your blogs, even if you think this one is full of excuses. I don't think so - I think you are extremely busy and you finally took time to write it all down.

I hope Chris' infection goes away soon - no fun there.

I change the names as well when I read if I don't know how to say them. Blessings to you - try to rest a bit if you can. Love Deb

Donna said...

Annette,
So glad to see you're back blogging again and feeling better now. I'm also reading "3 Cups of Tea" and am really enjoying it. What an amazing person! I'm glad you had the boys with you for Thanksgiving. Just don't start overdoing it now. Take care!
Donna

The Admiral said...

Hooper has had two colonoscopies and he's only 52, but his dad died of metastatic colon cancer to the liver, so he sent a copy of his dad's death certificate to the insurance company to see if they'd pay for one before 50.

They did.

A total of twelve polyps removed. He's slick as a whistle now. In a manner of speaking...

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