The Good News and The Bad

The nurses preparing the stem cells for injection.

 

Thanks to all you prayer warriors out there I have good news to share! I was a perfect candidate for the stem cell procedure, my knee isn’t exactly bone on bone, the surgeon was only trying to help his own case. It hurt like a b*t#h but I should see improvement very soon.

The bad news is that I haven’t been able to put any weight on it since I got home, the swelling has not gone down, even after icing it all night. I’m hoping it spreads out during the night and my situation is better tomorrow, he did say to take it easy for several days.

We got a small percentage taken off the cost for attending the seminar three weeks ago, and lucky for me, I already don’t do or eat the things they tell you not to while you’re healing. I don’t smoke, eat gluten, or take NSAIDs, I’m not overweight, and I’m in halfway decent shape.

I appreciate your thoughts and prayers and will keep you posted of my progress. Good night everyone, sweet dreams!

Finally! She's's Here!

Rayven Star-my new granddaughter
Rayven Star-my new granddaughter

Everyone meet Rayven, my new granddaughter! She’s here at long last, making her debut at six pounds, four ounces and she is 17 inches long. That doesn’t surprise me, I’m 4′ 9″ and Josh isn’t much taller. I haven’t met Taylor, her mommy, but I think she’s pretty short as well. I can’t wait to meet them, it may be awhile, they live in Ohio right now and we are waaay down here in Texas. I just wanted to show her off since I’ve been going on, and on about her for several weeks now.

Baby Rayven
Baby Rayven

This one was right after she was born. I think she favors Josh right now, only she has dark hair and he was blonde until adulthood. I’m sure I’ll be posting more pics as they come in. When y’all get tired of it, just let me know. For now, I’m proud as a peacock and want to shout it to the world! I saved the best for last, here she is where you can see that hair.

Snug as a bug in a rug!
Snug as a bug in a rug!

Thanks for allowing me to brag and show off, I hope you enjoy the pics and be on the lookout for more updates. I’m out for now, I’ll be celebrating tonight on the patio! 👶🏻

A Quick Update

I’m here in the hospital, sitting with Dad as he is resting after having TURP surgery today. For those who don’t know, TURP stands for transurethral resection of the prostate. It is done to remove parts of the prostate gland through the penis. It is often done to relieve symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate. It has nothing to do with cancer. In my Dad’s case, it was needed to remove some of the prostate tissue that had grown into the bladder, causing an obstruction and making him not only retain urine, but not let it pass through either. The hope is, after the surgery he will be able to urinate normally and won’t need the catheter anymore. He will go home with it and wear it for tow or three days while he recovers, to make sure all the tiny clots get flushed out.

He’s a trooper! He’s been the usual model patient, low to no pain, eating and drinking normally, no complaints at all really. He is being flushed with bag after bag of fluid an they keep getting lighter as the day grows longer. I don’t expect him to take long to get back to normal, and thank everyone for all your prayers. I just wanted to give everyone a quick update. It’s funny, we hung out all day like we usually do-just without being able to shoot pool! 😉

Day 88- A Couple of Updates

Earlier in the week, I shared some news about my Dad and my hubby. Just a quick update on my Dad- He had to be catheterized again (as I anticipated), and he will need surgery in a couple of weeks, due to the results found in the tests they performed on Tuesday. We are hoping it is a solution to the problem and he can do without the catheter in the future, however, if this turns out not to be the case, he is resigned to learn how to self-cath for temporary relief. He understands this and has made his peace with it.

Yesterday, I went on the great gluten-free beer hunt, searching four different establishments and, to my surprise, I found the one I want my hubby to try…in three different places! Sprouts stores have a pretty good selection of gluten free beers, including Omission, the one I talked about in my post the other day. Goody Goody Liquor had a few, however, they charged more. Same for Whole Foods in Colleyville, they are expensive on all of their offerings, so I traipsed off to find Central Market because I heard they will let you “create your own 6-pack”, this was not the case at the Southlake store. In fact, I couldn’t find any assistants and when I did get some direction, could not find any of the beers in singles. I wanted him to try one to see if he liked it before committing to a whole 6-pack. Alas, this was not to be, I will probably go back to Sprouts and pick up a 6-pack of the Lager Omission offers and try to find a different gluten-free beer to try myself, since none of the other stores offered the Treason Ale by Dogfish Head.

It was interesting that I did find a few to choose from though, and I’m sure as it catches on, there will be more. I can’t wait to see his reaction and share it with you guys. Meanwhile, I’ll just sip my latest cabernet I picked up from Goody Goody, called Darkhorse. It was pretty good as I remember from past experience. It’s allowed on Paleo if y’all remember me saying so once upon a time…as well as vodka, tequila…anyway, now I sound like a lush so I’ll be quiet and go try to dream up a story for the writing prompt “scissors”. Any suggestions?? I’d appreciate some, the due date is midnight tomorrow if I want to be featured on The Weekly Knob this week. Comment below and I’ll be watching for them on the pato. 🙂

Day 83-Free Days-Walk, Bake and Showtime

Site of PKD Walk in Southlake Square
Site of PKD Walk in Southlake Square

This morning was finally the day for the PKD Walk, put on by the good folks in Southlake and was relatively well attended.  Nothing compared to the walks to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, and not as organized, but I was glad to be a part of it. My hubby walked with me, after the balloon release, which was emotional for me. It makes me feel bad that I could have and should have been doing more to raise awareness and money since my mom was first diagnosed. So, I was thinking of her as we released our balloon and her name was on my back as we walked. Not that many were there to see it-my hubby and I were way out in front of the pack the whole way, our pace being much quicker than most. Thanks again to everyone who donated to my “team”, even if that team turned out to be my hubby and me. I also put in my own private donations, although I would have done that online as well, I would have been able to designate part for myself and part as a pledge in my Mom’s name. She passed away two years ago from the disease. As far as I know, I’m the only one of her five children to be diagnosed as well. Anyway, I hope next years Walk is bigger and better, and that the contributions for research keep pouring in.

Later in the day, he took our son Chris to play golf as part of his birthday present. While they were gone, Becky and I secretly baked him a kickass Banana Pudding birthday cake and, just in case he smelled something cooking when he arrived back home, I made some Paleo chocolate chip cookies so he wouldn’t get suspicious. I got the recipe from http://Www.ambitiouskitchen.com and they are delicious.

My homemade Paleo chocolate chip cookies
My homemade Paleo chocolate chip cookies

After all the activity in the kitchen, I subjected Becky to my taped recording of the Rocky Horror Picture Show remake-she wasn’t impressed. Then again, she is so young, she barely remembers the original. We had fun laughing at it anyway. See, I DO remember the original and I appreciated the music of both versions. The soundtrack and of course Tim Curry (the original Frank-n-Furter) made the whole movie. So I was happy to hear all the songs again, even if they weren’t exactly the same renditions as the first. I though the remade Riff Raff was awesome and Victoria Justice was very good as Janet.

Credit:Fox
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: L-R: Reeve Carne, Annaleigh Ashford, Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan and Christina Milian in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW coming this Fall to FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Steve Wilkie/FOX

 

Original stars, Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon
Original stars, Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon
The new Dr Frank-n-Furter
The new Dr Frank-n-Furter

It was kinda like the creators of this one forgot the whole point, originally, it was so outrageous for a man to be playing a transvestite with over the top makeup-just not the same with a female playing a transgender role.  Although I must say, the acting and singing would have been fine had you never seen the original and had it to compare to.

All in all it was a very good day, and the night is yet young! I can’t wait to see if Becky chickens out on performing her birthday “rap” for Chris’s birthday! Stay tuned, results will be in tomorrow, on the patio 😉